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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2 responses to “Facts in Five

  1. Reblogged this on Nothing Gilded, Nothing Gained–Where Past Meets Present at Middlemay Farm and commented:
    Anti-war novels could be written about any one of these stats . . . so sad.

  2. I believe there were more Americans lost in the Civil War than the two World Wars because Americans were fighting on both sides. Must have been horrible, particularly with families divided. The women that fought in the war as men were news to me and I took several courses in the History of the South in College. As usual we weren’t important enough to be mentioned back then.

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