From 1861 to 1865, the Civil War ravaged America. It still holds several notorious records, such as the highest number of average deaths per day (504). Read more of the shocking statistics from the War that divided our nation.

  • 4:1               The ratio of people who attended church weekly to those who voted in the 1860 election
  • 2.5               Approximate percentage of the American population that died in the Civil War
  • 7 mil           Number of Americans lost if 2.5% of the population died in war today
  • 2.1 mil        Number of Northerners mobilized to fight for the Union army
  • 880,000    Number of Southerners mobilized for the Confederacy
  • 50                Estimated percentage of Civil War deaths that occurred in the last two years of the War
  • 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 mil           Number of enslaved persons in the U.S. 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
  • 200             Number of African American soldiers massacred following their surrender at Ft. Pillow, Tennessee on April 12, 1864
  • 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
  • 58                Number of Confederate bodies thrown down a local farmer's well on a federal burial detail in 1862
  • 1,733           Approximate number of American battlefield deaths in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • 900             Approximate number of battlefield deaths in 12 hours at the Battle of Bull Run
  • 3,000         Estimated number of horses killed at the Battle of Gettysburg

My American Experience

My American Experience photos

Share Your Story

Who is the Greatest Civil War General? Share your favorite with us, and tell us why!

  • Additional funding for this program was provided by

  • DIG: Nordblom Family Foundation, Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation (owens, death)
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
  • NEH