Statistics From the War 1
|Number or Ratio||Description|
|750,000||Total number of deaths from the Civil War2|
|504||Deaths per day during the Civil War|
|2.5||Approximate percentage of the American population that died during the Civil War|
|7,000,000||Number of Americans lost if 2.5% of the American population died in a war today|
|8,064||Number of American soldiers who died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (as of 3/13/13)3|
|2,100,000||Number of Northerners mobilized to fight for the Union army|
|880,000||Number of Southerners mobilized to fight for the Confederacy|
|40+||Estimated percentage of Civil War dead who were never identified|
|66||Estimated percentage of dead African American Union soldiers who were never identified|
|2 out of 3||Number of Civil War deaths that occurred from disease rather than battle|
|68,162||Number of inquiries answered by the Missing Soldiers Office from 1865-1868|
|4,000,000||Number of enslaved persons in the United States in 1860|
|180,000||Number of African American soldiers that served in the Civil War|
|1 in 5||Average death rate for all Civil War soldiers|
|3:1||Ratio of Confederate deaths to Union deaths|
|9:1||Ratio of African American Civil War troops who died of disease to those that died on the battlefield, largely due to discriminatory medical care|
|100,000+||Number of Civil War Union corpses found in the South through a federal reinterment program from 1866-1869|
|303,356||Number of Union soldiers who were reinterred in 74 congressionally mandated national cemeteries by 1871|
|0||Number of Confederate soldiers buried in those national cemeteries|
- 1 : Except where noted, figures adapted from "The Civil War by the Numbers," American Experience: Death and the Civil War companion website (accessed April 25, 2013).
- 2 : Guy Gugliotta, "New Estimate Raises Civil War Death Toll," New York Times, April 3, 2012, New York Times.
- 3 : Iraq and Afghanistan statistics from CNN.