Civil War:
Fun Facts

  1. The Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. During an average day during the war, approximately 600 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 618,000 people had died. This is more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.
  2. During the Civil War, 2% of the U.S. population died. This is equivalent to 6 million men today.
  3. While rifles were the deadliest weapons during the war, disease killed more. Camps became breeding grounds for measles, chicken pox, and mumps. One million Union solders contracted malaria.
  4. More than 5,000 soldiers died at the Battle of Antietam, making September 17, 1862, the single bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
  5. The Civil War prison camp, Elmira, had two observation towers specifically constructed for citizens to pay 15 cents to look at the inmates. Concession stands by the towers sold peanuts, cakes, and lemonade while the men inside starved.
  6. Ulysses Simpson Grant actually was named Hiram Ulysses Grant, but his name was incorrectly recorded on his West Point application.
  7. “Quaker guns” (named for the pacifist religious group) were fake artillery that was used by both sides through the Civil War to cause confusion about troop location and strength.
  8. Poet Walt Whitman was a nurse in the Civil War.
  9. Stonewall Jackson received chloroform for the removal of his left arm. On his deathbed, he described being anesthetized as the “most delightful physical sensation I ever experienced.”
  10. Top Ten Civil War Songs
  • “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” (“Dixie”)
  • “John Brown’s Body” (“Battle Hymn of the Republic”)
  • “Home Sweet Home”
  • “Bonnie Blue Flag” (“We Are a Band of Brothers”)
  • “Maryland, My Maryland”
  • “Lorena”
  • “We Are Coming, Father Abraham” (“300,000 More”)
  • “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground”
  • “All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight”
  • “Battle Cry of Freedom” (“Rally Round the Flag”)

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