Facts in Five

Easily forgotten statistics… about our fighting men in the Civil War:

  • Two out of every five soldiers killed in action would be buried as ‘Unknown’
  • The average soldier was 23 years old, 5’4″ tall, and weighed 143 pounds
  • One in ten soldiers were wounded in combat
  • The Union desertion rate was 12% –  Confederate was 16%
  • One in 65 soldiers died in combat
  • Edged weapons accounted for less than 2% of Civil War casualties
  • Only one in seven wounded soldiers would survive their injuries
  • Death by disease and infections doubled the Killed-in-action rate.

No doubt figured, just amputate

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One response to “Facts in Five

  1. Wow. Fascinating, and sobering.

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