Two Thirds of American Civil War Deaths Were Caused By Sickness

by Daniel Russ on May 30, 2020


The deadliest thing that faced the Civil War soldier was disease. For every soldier who died in battle, two died of disease. …

From Wikipedia: ” For 110 years, the numbers stood as gospel: 618,222 men died in the Civil War, 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — by far the greatest toll of any war in American history.”

New data suggests that 650,000 to 850,000 men died as a result of the American Civil War.

That said, two thirds of all deaths in the Civil War were caused by a bug, not a bullet: diarrhea, dysentery, measles, small pox, malaria, pneumonia, or camp itch.




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