The Confederate Soldier
The following chart shows losses of Confederate Armies by state. The Military populations include those residents between age 18 and 45 who were required to serve in the military. The losses include combat deaths, wounded who later died and losses to disease. It does not include those that were wounded and disabled for most of their lives. The percent of losses for Confederates was about 10%, for the Union 5%. These heroic soldiers are the reason that monuments were built years later to honor their sacrifices. As the author points out the Confederate forces were almost constantly engaged. Not so with the much larger Union forces.
“The severity of the losses among the Confederates, and the heroic persistency with which they would stand before the enemy’s musketry, becomes apparent in studying the official returns of various regiments.”
Regimental Losses in the Civil War
Deaths in Confederate Armies*
|State||Military Populations*-1861||Military Deaths|
|US total losses in WWI**||116,708|
* Regimental Losses by Lt Col William Fox, 1889, p 554.