The American Civil War in Numbers
Number of soldiers who fought on the Union side: 2,130,000
Number of soldiers who fought on the Confederate side: 1,100,000
Number of soldiers who died on the Union side: 360,000
Number of soldiers who died on the Confederate side: 260,000 (these numbers include deaths from disease).
Most casualties in one battle: The Battle of Gettysburg, with 51,000 casualties and 7,000 dead (x)
Most casualties in a one-day battle: The Battle of Antietam, with 22,700 casualties and 3,600 dead.
Number of enlisted African-Americans in the Union Army: 180,000 (and 20,000 in the Navy) (x)
Number of enlisted African-Americans in the Confederate Army: (disputed) although thousands served as laborers and servants.
Official salary (per month) of a Union private: $13 (x)
Official salary (per month) of a Confederate private: $11
Official salary (per month) of a black Union private: $10, later $7.
Number of POWs captured: 400,000
Number of Union soldiers who died in Andersonville Prison: 13,000 (x)
Total number of soldiers who died in prison camps: 56,000 (x)
Direct cost (in terms of government expenditures): $3.3 billion (x)
Indirect cost: $3.7 billion
Beginning date: April 12, 1861
End date: April 9, 1865
Total time: 1459 days
The Civil War is something that I enjoy learning about in history. Not only was this important to my culture but its important to American History,which I plan on teaching. I one day plan to go back and get my Masters concentrating Civil War and Antebellum Periods in US History.