->''"Advance the flag of Dixie, hurrah, hurrah!"''\\
''"In Dixie's land we take our stand, and live or die for Dixie!"''\\
''"To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Dixie!"''\\
''"To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Dixie"''\\
In the US, once it became clear that war between the abolitionist North and the slave-holding South was inevitable, the Confederate States quickly passed a motion to get an army together for what would eventually prove to be a futile war.
Compared to the North, the South had a relatively easy strategy: a defensive war. They knew the land and only had to bleed out the Union, whereas the North had a grand strategy to cutoff the southern states from European trade and split it in two with the capture of the Mississippi. However, the South was pretty much doomed to failure. The only training many Confederates had was through hunting, and in addition, there were almost no factories to provide munitions.
Nevertheless, the South did have [[MagnificentBastard a strong advantage in leadership]]. For the first half of the war, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were an almost unbeatable team. Lincoln, on the other hand, [[YouHaveFailedMe fired his Union generals after almost every single engagement]]. Nevertheless, their tactics only slowed the inevitable, as the North had [[WeHaveReserves a much larger manpower pool]] and industrial capacity, and some generals (at times including Lee) just [[WeHaveReserves were no better at preserving their men's lives]]. Many historians agree that even if the South won engagements such as Gettysburg or Antietam, they still would have been overwhelmed in the long run.
As for their navy, the South did have two claims to fame: the ironclad ''Virginia'' (née ''Merrimack''), one of the first iron-plated vessels; and the submarine ''Hunley'', the first to sink an enemy ship (which proved to be a MutualKill, as the ''Hunley'' sank with all hands soon after). Still, they were never able to break the Union blockade. A number of foreign-built high seas raiders, such as ''CSS Alabama'', are also well-known among history buffs, notable for causing a decade-long diplomatic dispute between US and Britain (who built and sold the ship) and the fact that these ships never actually came anywhere near the waters of Confederacy, as they operated from overseas bases with mostly mercenary crews except for their officers. Some, such as French-built ironclad raider ''CSS Stonewall'' were taken over by US government after the war and sold to foreign countries where they were occasionally involved in other historical events (The ''Stonewall'', for example, became Japanese ''Azuma'' and was involved in the wars of the MeijiRestoration.