Civil War Facts

Civil War Facts - Civil War Facts Of the 364,000 on the...

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Civil War Facts Of the 364,000 on the Union side who lost their lives, a third were killed or died of wounds and two-thirds died of disease. The chance of surviving a wound in Civil War days was 7 to 1; in the Korean War, 50 to 1. Many doctors who saw service in the Civil War had never been to medical school, but had served an apprenticeship in the office of an established practitioner. Approximately 130,000 freed slaves became Union soldiers during the war. Besides the rifle and cannon, weapons consisted of revolvers, swords, cutlasses, hand grenades, Greek fire and land mines. About 15 percent of the wounded died in the Civil War; about 8 percent in World War I; about 4 percent in World War II; about 2 percent in the Korean War. Most infantry rifles were equipped with bayonets, but very few men wounded by bayonet showed up at hospitals. The conclusion was that the bayonet was not a lethal weapon. The explanation probably lay in the fact that opposing soldiers did not often actually
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This note was uploaded on 08/05/2008 for the course HIST 455 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Princeton.

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Civil War Facts - Civil War Facts Of the 364,000 on the...

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