“The victory of the Union in the Civil War was inevitable” How far do you agree with this view
There are many strengths and weaknesses of both the Union and the Confederacy which could have determined victory on either side. I agree with the statement that suggest Union victory was inevitable, but only up to a point, as the Confederacy also had strengths, for example good leadership, high morale and a united war aim, which could have pulled them through to victory. Although, the Union had a greater chance of winning due to their large man power, number of supplies, good leadership and their war of attrition strategy.
Leadership was the main cause that allowed the Confederates to have numerous victories at the beginning of war. Lincoln wanted Robert Lee to fight in the battle on the Union side at the start of the war and this shows that how capable he was, but he wanted to stay faithful to his home land Virginia, so he decided to fight for the Confederacy. His defensive strategy meant that the South was fighting mostly on their own land which was easier than fighting on the Union land because of the relief of its land. He was also able to have victories at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The Confederacy had a good chance of winning if it was not for the equally skilled leader, Grant. Grant was responsible for the turning point at the Battle of Vicksburg which was a massive Union victory and enabled the North to use the Mississippi River as a National highway to transport troops and supplies to military forces. This was an event that helped to show the very likely chance of the Union winning as the capture of Vicksburg divided the Confederacy and annoyed Davis who thought Vicksburg was vital for the unity of the South.