Historians have long noted the economic weaknesses of the Confederate states as compared with those of the North. From the very beginning of the war the Southern economy seemed to become increasingly stagnant. In whole areas of the Confederacy there was actual privation and an economic decline which often bore no relationship whatsoever to the proximity of the Union army. These economic deficiencies unquestionably were one of the principal reasons for its collapse.
Zornow, William Frank
"State Aid for Indigent Soldiers and Their Families in Florida, 1861-1865,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 34
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol34/iss3/5