When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the new Union and Confederate armies were made up largely of amateur soldiers who were poorly trained, equipped and organized.
the South never developed an adequate system of taxation and was unable to produce what it needed or export the goods it did produce, due to the increasingly effective Union blockade of the Atlantic coast.
The staples of a soldier’s diet were bread, meat and coffee, sometimes rice, beans and canned fruits or vegetables.
Of all the disadvantages the Confederacy experienced during the Civil War, they had limited resources, including hardly more than $1 million in hard currency or specie, the Confederacy relied mainly on printed money.
By 1864, a Confederate dollar was worth just five cents in gold; it was worth close to zero by war’s end. In addition, the South never developed an adequate system of taxation
The Civil War would become the most well-reported conflict in history because of the inventions of the telegraph and newspapers