Discussion in 'History' started by Kevin_Kennedy, Jun 17, 2011.
Historian revises estimate of Civil War dead
he Civil War was less deadly than WW2 for America - 90% f the wounded in the Civil War should have een saved
Civil War wounded were left out to die
Stands to reason that the SCA estimates could easily be low.
As the government disintigrated slowly it ought not surprise us to discover that their record keeping got increasingly sloppy.
I'm sorry, but that's just not true. In many battles there were wounded that couldn't/wouldn't be rescued because of ongoing fighting (Fredricksburg). but for the most part, darkness brought a lull or even a truce for the strecher bearers to do their job.
We need to remember that this was before penecilin, and almost all modern meds. The only pain medication was morphine, and this turned many a veteran into junkies. This is why Heroin was imported into the US. It was to treat morphine addiction circa 1890s.
The casualty figures for the battle of the Wilderness (May5-7, 1864) could very well have been off since the forest caught fire and burned many bodies of dead and wounded. Through out the war, especially in the southern cities that were besieged, casualty lists of civilians could have been off by the hundreds. No one will ever know the true numbers and to make a new estimate some 150 years later is absurd.
You have to assume that Civil War casualties were much higher than estimated at the time just because there was little effort to identify the dead. Southern families assumed that their solder was dead and went on with their lives without becoming a federal statistic. Southern families who were wiped out by Union raids and left to die were buried and forgotton. Irish immigrants literally off the boat who ended up in the Union ranks were buried where they died or shoveled into mass graves.
This estimate does not include civilians at all, to the best of my knowledge.
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