At a Glance
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Below are statistics about the Civil War. 1
Total number of deaths from the Civil War 2
Deaths per day during the Civil War
Approximate percentage of the American population that died during the Civil War
Number of Americans lost if 2.5% of the American population died in a war today
Number of American soldiers who died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (as of 3/13/13) 2
Number of Northerners mobilized to fight for the Union army
Number of Southerners mobilized to fight for the Confederacy
Estimated percentage of Civil War dead who were never identified
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
Number of inquiries answered by the Missing Soldiers Office from 1865-1868
Number of enslaved persons in the United States in 1860
Number of African American soldiers that served in the Civil War
1 in 5
Average death rate for all Civil War soldiers
Ratio of Confederate deaths to Union deaths
Ratio of African American Civil War troops who died of disease to those that died on the battlefield, largely due to discriminatory medical care
Number of Civil War Union corpses found in the South through a federal reinterment program from 1866-1869
Number of Union soldiers who were reinterred in 74 congressionally mandated national cemeteries by 1871
Number of Confederate soldiers buried in those national cemeteries 3
- 1Except 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 a b Guy Gugliotta, “New Estimate Raises Civil War Death Toll,” New York Times, April 3, 2012.
- 3Salvo cuando se señale, las cifras se han adaptado del sitio adjunto “The Civil War by the Numbers”, American Experience: Death and the Civil War sitio adjunto, (consultado el 25 de abril de 2013).
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Facing History & Ourselves, "Statistics From the Civil War," last updated July 11, 2022.
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