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Imagine that you are living in the United States on July 22, 1861. The Battle of Bull Run (or if youlive in the South, the Battle of Manassas) has just happened yesterday. It is now obvious to both sides that the war will not be over in just a few days. Using the table of advantages and disadvantages that we created yesterday, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining which side you think will win the war.

You may write from the point of view of either a Northerner or a Southerner, and you do notnecessarily have to argue for your country’s side (i.e. you could write from the point of view of a Northerner who thinks the South will win). Your letter must be at least 2 paragraphs  long. The letter must not only explain why you think the North or South will win, but also why you think the other side will lose.

Please make sure your paragraphs are formatted in this way:

  • Topic Sentence (Will or will not win the war)
  •  Supporting sentence one
  •   Supporting sentence two
  •   Supporting sentence three
  •   Concluding sentence
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45 Comments

  1. Ebony Adams (2019) says:

    This website is very great and I’am happy to finally make a story of my own of the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South.

  2. Za'Niyah Garner says:

    As an Northerner in the United States on July 22,1861 I think we have won the war. We have the greatest advantages. Also less disadvantages. This mean that the South didn’t have many things to do that were good to fight in the Civil War. The Northerners has 22 million people their living.

  3. As a Northerner in the Uniited states on july 22 1861, i think we will win the war because we have more advantages then disavanteges. This means that that we have more power over everything then the south. The south therfore had less disavantages because they didnt have as much power as the north.The south and the Noth couldnt agree on anything so therefore they had to come to war

    • chelsea says:

      The south felt like they didnt have to fight with the north because they already knew that the north was going to win because they had more advantages then the south.

  4. lacey says:

    As a northerner in the United States on July 22, 1861, I think we will win the was because we have more advantages the the South.This means that we have more power over most of the things in the south. The south therefore had less disadvantages because they didn’t have as much money or things as us

    • Lacey says:

      . But i really think that we shouldn’t have the war because with all of these advantages we have .There is no doubt that we will win. But one thing is that they are good at things that we are not so good in. that is called a disadvantage. The things that they have is fighting a defensive war. I’ll tell you they are a tough competition but we can do it. I might go watch the battle but why should I when the north will win. That’s why I think the the north is going to win. Sincerly , Lacey

  5. alyshia williams says:

    as a northerner in the united states on july 22,1861, i think we will win the was because we have more advantages the south. this means that we have more power over most of the things in the south.the south therefore had less disadvantages because .

  6. Judah C. Yumul says:

    July 22nd, 1861

    To the Editor,

    As a Southerner, I believe the North will win. This is because they have more factories, making more weapons and having more coal and iron. They have a strong army and navy making them have immense firepower. Us Southerners don’t have much factories and depend on hunting and farming. The North receives our raw materials and have an advantage on male soldiers. They have more money because of placing tariffs(taxes) on us. All we have are crops(corn,crops,cotton). Therefore the North has an advantage on beating us in the Civil War.

    Sincerely,
    Judah Yumul

  7. Katara Belfield says:

    As a northerner think we will win the war because we have factories and we can make our own weapons.We wil win also beacause we have more advantages than the south does.We will win because we have more people in our country and will overcome the south with our power. We will win.
    We will win because our male population our strongness will help us. We willwin because we have a greater population than the south. We will win because we can make our own weapons. We will overcome the south with our weapons.

  8. Ke'Shon Manning says:

    I think the North would win because as you can see the advantages and disadvantages it is possible the North would win b/c the have the greater advantages and the South have ALOT of disadvantages

  9. Tyreek Brown says:

    As a southerner, I think the south will win the war.They have more cotton production.They have deffense territory.They also has complicated topography.The north had no production.They had no deffense.Total population

  10. Tarik Adams says:

    As a Northern in the USA on July 22nd I think e would win beacause we had more advantages and less diavantages during the civil war so they didnt have that much to do and e had the greatest population also…

  11. Apriela Warren says:

    July,22,1861
    Dear Editor, As a Northerner I honestly would have to say That we WILL win this war. This is because we have more factories so we can make more weapons to fight with . Thats a total disavantage for the South because Southeners do not have Factories, and enough Farmland. We as the Northerners will aslo beat the South down to the ground because we have more Coal and Iron Production. The North can make our own raw materials and have a larger white-male population. While the South depends on nothing but Hunting,Farming and Free Labor(slaves). Even though the South have better soliders we have more soliders. We the people of the North WILL win this WAR!!!!!!! MAY THE ODDS BE FOREVER IN OUR FAVOR!
    ~Sincerly,
    Aprie’la Warren 🙂

    • Apriela Warren says:

      The White-Male Population are the Soilders.
      ASLO MEANS ALSO.
      That should be that
      The north cannot make their own raw materials

  12. Mackenzie Moody says:

    Dear Editor,
    I am a Northerner and i think the north will win the war and the south will lose.I predict the north will win because they have the most advantages.Although the south has better skilled men we can still beat them.we also have more iron production. That means we have better and more weapons.

    I might go watch the battle but i already know the north will beat the south really quick.I really hope the south wins.We have to keep hope alive.I am not a fan of slavery.we have way too many advantages to lose against some farmers.Even though their men are skilled hunters they still just cant win. That’s why i think the north will win and the south will lose the war.

    Sincerely,
    Mackenzie Moody

  13. Aaliyah Mason says:

    dear editor,
    I beleive the north will win rather than the south.This is true because the north has more weaons.The south only has a few.The north has more advantages than the south does.The south has more disadvantges than the north does.This is why I know he will win.

    The people brought picnic baskets to the base.They already knew that the north was already going to win.And the south was going to lose.I would bring a picnic basket to because I would know that the north would win.Those are the advantages and disadvantages of the north and south.

  14. ~Torie Thomas~ says:

    July 22, 1861
    Dear Editor,
    As a northerner i hoonestly believe that we will win the war. Even if it takes a long time and damage occurs to a lot of things we will win. I mean we have everything that you dont have. We have factories so where we can make many weapons to fight with. Also we have way more soldiers to fight with so our team can last longer than yours can.We even have more bank deposits so we have money to buy any needed things with. Do you see what i mean? We have have it all in the bag you cant take the victory from us. Well i hope you understand why i KNOW that we the north will win the war! Therefore we will win the war and we know it we have all that we need and more to win this war so i hope you finally understand why we will win!!!!!!

    sincerely,
    Torie Thomas ❤

  15. Dear Editor, As a southerner, I fear the north will win the war. The north has more factoies. They also have more railroads. This is important because they can transport goods faster, more places. In conclution the advantages of the north are more abundant.

  16. July 22,1861

    To the Editor,

    As a Northerner in the United States on July 22,1861 , I believe we will win because we had more advantages than the South. Our population was more millions than they had.We had more money than they did in the South. We had more power over things in the South. Therefore the South had more disadvantages because they had less money than the North did. The North had more factories and weapondry.
    The North recieved more raw material and more manufactured goods such as clothing. The South only had 2 advantages. They were cotton productions and fighting a denfensive war in the Civil War.The North also had more crops suck as corn and wheat.The Norths population was 23,300,300. The Souths population was 9,100,000. This means the North had 14,200,300 more people.

    Sincerly,

    A’Nya Burgess

  17. Nazir Ponton says:

    July 22nd,1861
    To the Editor,
    As a northern i think i will gather all the people the whites 18 and up so we can free all the slaves.When i go to virgina i will go and gets weapon so i can

    • Nazir Ponton says:

      shoot the south when they come in way.The south would move because the north have more army.The north would leave like booby traos for the south.The north andthe south had a big war but the north won.

      Me on the north side i would of make some plans so the south and the north can have peace.The south have fell for the north trick.The north hd abmbush the south so they can free south.The north had more farms,factories than the south.The north andthe south had a really bigf war and the north had won the war becaue the south nothing and the north had more things the north won the war.That’s why i think that the north will win and the south want.

  18. colin says:

    July,22nd 1861,

    To the Editor,

    There Are Disadvantages and Advantages to the north and the south also the north has more factories and firearms in the war but the south had the home field advantage on the north but also the north had more animals and more food to feed their army.

  19. Caleb Taylor says:

    I sincerely believe that the North will veni veni venche. That means the North came, saw, & conquered. The North’s advantages overpower the known topography of the Confederacy. Also, the willpower and determination of the North has come into effect and now have more to fight for. The issue of slavery must die!

  20. alexisvasaturo says:

    Dear Editor,

    I know that the Civil War is over coming our nation! But I think we will win, us the North:>)

  21. Sha'Kiyah Nicole Rooks says:

    As a Northerner, I believe we will win the war, because we have way more factories. Also, because we have a greater population. We have a stronger navy and army making our weapons have more immense power. The Southerners have way less factories and they cant make their weapons as stronger as ours. We also have more iron productions than the South.

    I think the southerners will lose, because they have less advantages than we do. They have less iron productions than we do. But they do have a few advantages but we have more. Their advantages were cotton productions, fighting a defensive war, and southerners had skills that made them good soldiers.

  22. Natalie Medlin says:

    As a Northerner, I believe we will win, because we have way more factories. Also, because we have a greater population. We have a stronger navy and army making our weapons have more immense power. The southerners have way less factories and so they can’t make weapons as strong as ours. We also have more iron productions than the South.

    I think the southerners will lose, because they have less advantages than we do. they have less iron productions than we do. they have a few advantages but we have more. Their advantages were cotton productions,fighting a defensive war, and southerners had skills that made them good soldiers.

  23. Shekinah Banks says:

    July 22nd,1861

    To the Editor,

    As a Northerner,I believe the North will win. I believe the North is going to win because the North has more advantages than the South.Such as, they have more factories,their population is 23,300,000 people in the Union and the North has more iron production. The North has more factories to build weapons to help during the war against the south advantages,such as cotton productions,hunting skills and the South’s soldiers. The soldiers knew the complicated topography of their home better then the North. The South also had the key advantages of fighting a defensive war.Many of the best officers in the United States Army were from the South. Now we have to have to see who is going to win the WAR!!!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Shekinah Banks

  24. Izarriah Monroe- Buffaloe says:

    Dear Editor,

    As a northern I belive that we are going to win the civil war. I think that because we have more of the population and more advanges than the south does. The south has a lot of disadvanges and that is not good for someone that just seceded from the United States. Even though the south has hunting skills , defensive war, and have the best officers in the United States I still think that we are going to win.

    And also I still think that we are going to win this civil war because we have the courge the strenthge and the braveness to do what we have to do to win this bloody war and also they surdered at Fort Sumter. So I have no doubt that we the northerens are not going to win. In my concluson I belive in my heart that I’m going to give it my all in the bloodies civil war ever.

  25. Selena Towns says:

    Dear Editor,

    Life as a Northener is not as easy as it seems during the Civil War. We believed it was going to be like a week long war, but it really took 4 years. We thought this because we had a greater population and more advatages than the south.(Population of the north is 23,300,000 and the population of the south is 9,100,000) Then when in war we heard a canon fired and we then realized this war isn’t going to be an easy war. I guess we underestimated the south. The south and us Northerners had more accurate guns. Before the war we had 30,000 troops against General Pierre Beauregard’s 22,000. Two advantages the south had were they had better officers and had 5,344,000 bales of cotton while we only had 43,000 bales. Back at the matter at hand, Southereners and Northereners did’nt know how big or deadly the war would get.

  26. Natalie Medlin says:

    Dear Editor,

    As a Northerners, I believe we will win the war, because we have way more factories. Also, because have a greater population. We have a stronger navy and army making our weapons have more immense power. The southerners have way less factories and they can’t make their weapons as strong as ours. We also have more iron productions than the South.
    I think the Southerners will lose, because they have less advantages than we do. They have less iron productions than we do. But they have a few advantages but we have way more. Their advantages were more cotton productions, more fighting a defensive war, and more Southerners have skills that made them good soldiers. Their disadvantages are our advantages. That is why I think the South will lose and the we will win.

  27. Makiyah Phillips says:

    As a northerner, of July,22,1861 I belive that we will win the war against the south because we have more advantages than the south. And they have more disadvantages. Which is really not good. But they have one advantage. And we had one disadvantage. But that was allright, we still lived. It was like we never ran out of suplies. When the war came it was easy to battle against them.We won any way.

    But there was another war coming up, which was call the civil war. And that was the bloodies of all wars. And we could not go against them. They probly would have killed us really bad. But we took a chance. And the north were winners and were proud.

  28. Michaya Garner says:

    Dear Editor,
    As a northerner I think thenorth will win and the south will lose. I think the north will win because the north has more advantages than the south.I think the south will lose because they have more disadvantages . The north also hve a bigger population. The north have more iron production so they could make weapons.

    The north has to many advantages to lose against the south. Although the south have better officers the doesn’t compare anything to the north. The south however had serious weaknesses.The south had a very small ppopulation. Only about 9 million people lived in the Confederacy compared to 23 million in the Union.

  29. Nadia R. Pendergrass says:

    Dear Editor,

    As a northern I believe that the north will win. They are more prepare than the south. The north has newer things than the south. The is like an old town. It’s like they never want to change.
    The south just thinks it’s going to be tiny battle. But they have another thing coming. Like I said the south is not up to win this battle. It’s like don’t even care whether they were going to win or lose. I bet the north will win.

    Sincerely,
    Nadia R. Pendergrass

  30. Za'Niyah Garner says:

    As an Northerner in the United States on July 22,1861 I think we have won the war. We have the greatest advantages. Also less disadvantages. This mean that the South didn’t have many things to do that were good to fight in the Civil War. The Northerners has 22 million people their living. The North has more power over the South. The North has many tools to fight with. Also, the North didn’t want to loose so as their disadvantages were didn’t have the defensive war and didn’t have many good soldiers.

    The South will loose against the North. The South doesn’t have many advantages. They only can fight as an defensive war. Others are disadvantages. Also, the North will beat the South because the North has many tools to fight the South. The South will not be able to go hard against the North because they don’t have a lot of people to fight. When the South tried to get advantages against the North , the North fought as hard as they can with fist.

  31. Marcus says:

    Dear Editer,

    I think that the north will win. They had more men and population. The north had more factories then the south.The north
    was bigger and had more boats. the north was the man force of the old union army.
    The north had the best men in history. The north was the best in economic reasons. The north was the reason for the wins and loses in battles.
    The north was in my thoughts.I also see video and more.

    Sinserly,
    Marcus

  32. Adira A. Alexander says:

    As a northern citizen I believe the north will win the United States Civil War.The north has factories. Which means they can build more ships and weapons to help them win the war. The north also has the people in power on there side. President Abraham Lincoln agrees with the norther view on slavery and other issues.The President can abolish slavery and destroy the southern life style and there economy. The north also has more money because of the tariffs they put on good that the south wanted to buy from other lands.These are all advantages the north has over the south. That will help them win the United states Civil War.

  33. yobani marin says:

    Dear Editer, I think the north will win the war. They have more advantages then the south does. Like they have more farmland, Factories, cotton production,corn wheat wheat production, and etc.So the north had all the support. If u think about it the north had all the weapons and men to win.They also had value of manufactured goods. There for the north had lots ways to win . The south had one way to win that the north didn’t have . back ground knowledge about where there fighting . That is the only reason the north didn’t win the first time . but I still think that is why the will win in this fight. But there was another war coming up . North was already going to win.And the south was going to lose.I would bring a picnic basket to because I would know that the north would win.

  34. Naja Boone says:

    Dear Editor, July 22,1861

    I think the North will win the war and the South would lose.The North had more advantages.The North had more firearms than the South.The North had a larger total population.The North had more farmland.The North had more factories.The North also had more free citizens than the South.

    I think the South will lose the war.I think they will lose because they don’t have as big as a population as the North does.They don’t have as many firearms as the North.Even though they had more troops and they were fighting a defensive war,they still didn’t have as many advantages.This is why I think the North will win.

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