American Civil War

Jessica Palomares, Contributor

The army of 2,100,00 Union soldiers, was almost twice the size of the Confederates Army of 1,064,000. It was the deadliest war in American History. There were about 210,000 soldiers killed in action and 625,000 that were completely dead. Thirty percent of all Southern white males between 18 and 40 died in the war. Around 9 million people lived in the Southern states at the time of the civil war. About 3.4 of the soldiers were slaves. Sixty percent of the deaths were caused by diseases.

In the Second Battle of Bull run many of the wounded soldiers were left on the battlefield for about 3 to 4 days. In the first few battles, each side didn’t have regular uniforms, because of this it made it tough to figure out who was who. Later the Union would wear dark blue and the confederates wore gray coats and pants.

Many of the Southern soldiers already knew how to shoot a gun from hunting. The Northern soldiers tended to work in factories and a lot of them didn’t know how to fire a gun. When soldiers needed surgery the doctors used the same materials for surgery. They washed the knives with dirty water and they only had a little anesthesia to put in the soldiers for surgery this meant that surgery was very painful for the soldiers.

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