They had the better generals, an economy built on slave labor, European support and world recognition in their struggle for independence. The Confederacy had certain knowledge that they could ultimately fight a defensive war if such a thing came to fruition. On paper, the South looked as if their independence was a certainty. We’ll examine, year by year, why the North was truly the superior force in America's Civil War. Even with its deficits, the Union had the broader industry, manpower and yes, generals as good, if not better than what the South was able to produce. And its greatest asset, Abraham Lincoln, compared to Jefferson Davis was no contest.