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On the 13th of May, 1865, the United States Civil War had come to an end, leaving the North victorius. It is discussed by many that they won by the combination of various reasons, the Union outweighed then size of the South by 21 million to 9 million, Abraham Lincoln’s efficiency in his decision making, amongst others. Soon after, the federal Government commits itself to a policy to free the slaves, known as the Emancipation Proclamation or Policy. In effect, the economy of the South, which was heavily based on slaves, crumbled. Eventually, around 200,000 African Americans were serving in the Union Army. 
The way the federal government allowed to managed humongous quantities of industrial production that was able to equip the largest army the US has ever witnessed, with two million men serving. All required various equipment, with around one billion rounds of ammunition, a million barrels of pork, horses and mules, a hundred million pounds of cotton, several million blankets and corresponding clothing. It was certainly a concern of many to have the amount of equipment for so many men in a given amount of time. 
As a matter of fact, it is estimated that the cost of the war itself amounted to over thirteen billion dollars. It is important to take into account the worth of that amount of money over a hundred years ago. But was is most important is that the overall wealthy of the country back then was around twelve billion dollars, with a third was from slaves. Long story short, the US had invested its ultimate wealth and even more of the fighting. 
Many wonder how was this possible of the nation to undertake this massive commitment. The key was in depending of what the future hold. Borrowing to others, by selling bonds and started print money. Believe it or not, they even ended up printing so much money that the inflation arose radically, as well as the wages of the workers involved in the production of all the equipment for the war. As wages arose, so did inflation, at an exponential rate, therefore their wages dropped throughout the war. 
The war not only cost billions of dollars, but also about 620,000 lives. Even those types of loses escalated into having a major impact in the economy of the country in effect. That is because it accounted money for those veterans whom fought an had lost limps or were left mentally ill. During that time, expenses for supply and repair of artificial limps were at its peak. Over that, the implementation of new laws and taxes. 
Despite all that, the country ended up with about 3 billion dollars in debt, which they will have to find a way to stabilize in the following 40 years. The Civil War was a true revolution for the United States. It was a time of their greatest loses, however, it set base to built up higher than any other nation.