10 Facts About American Civil War

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The Civil War profoundly shaped the United States as we know it today. Nevertheless, the war remains one of the most misunderstood events in American history. Here are 10 interesting facts about American Civil War.


1
The Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. There were more Americans killed than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.

2
The youngest soldier in the Civil War was a 9-year-old boy from Mississippi. The oldest was an 80-year-old from Iowa.

3
The most common operation performed on soldiers during the Civil War was amputation. The best surgeon could have a limb severed and discarded within five minutes.

4
Horses and other draft animals had about a 7-month life expectancy during the Civil War. As many as 300,000 horses died.

5
After the Southern states seceded, both the United States and the Confederacy instituted the first ever national income tax. Ever since the Civil War, Americans have lived with the IRS.

6
Of the 3 million soldiers in the Civil War, 1% were regular army, 9% were draftees or substitutes, and the rest were volunteers.

7
During the battle of Chancellorsville, at least one Union soldier discovered he was the victim of corrupt government contractors when he found that his rifle cartridges were filled with dirt rather than gunpowder.

8
During the Civil War, generals usually led their solders into battle, a rare occurrence in modern wars. Because of this, generals were 50% more likely to die in combat than privates were.

9
President Lincoln at one time had hoped to relocate the entire black population of the U.S. to Central America.

10
During a major Civil War battle, both armies briefly stopped fighting to watch a fist fight between two opposing soldiers, who had both taken cover in the same place.