North Carolina Civil War Casualties
(Killed and Wounded)
North Carolina American Civil War Fatalities*
Killed in Action
Died of Wounds
Died of Wounds
Died from Diseases
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Equal Dead; Casualty Does Not Equal Dead
include three categories: 1) dead (aka fatalities, killed-in-action and mortally wounded);
2) wounded; and 3) missing or captured. In general terms, casualties of Civil War battles included 20% dead and 80% wounded.
Of the soldiers who were wounded, about one out of seven died from his wounds. Over 2/3 of the estimated 620,000 men who gave their lives in the Civil War died from disease, not from battle.
"When one totals the North Carolinians that died in World War I, World
War II, Korea and Vietnam, it is far less than North Carolina's American Civil War death toll."
North Carolina War Deaths
The following numbers reflect deaths (excluding
wounded and missing)
Source: North Carolina Museum of History
|World War I
|World War II
Recommended Reading: The Civil War in North Carolina.
Description: Numerous battles and skirmishes were fought in North Carolina during the Civil War, and the campaigns and battles themselves were crucial
in the grand strategy of the conflict and involved some of the most famous generals of the war. Continued below...
John Barrett presents
the complete story of military engagements across the state, including the classical pitched battle of Bentonville--involving
Generals Joe Johnston and William Sherman--the siege of Fort Fisher,
the amphibious campaigns on the coast, and cavalry sweeps such as General George Stoneman's
Raid. Also available in hardcover: The Civil War in North Carolina.
Recommended Reading: Confederate Military History Of North Carolina: North Carolina In The Civil War, 1861-1865. Description: The author, Prof. D. H. Hill, Jr., was the son of Lieutenant
General Daniel Harvey Hill (North Carolina produced only
two lieutenant generals and it was the second highest rank in the army) and his mother was General “Stonewall”
Jackson’s wife's sister. In Confederate Military History Of North Carolina,
Hill discusses North Carolina’s massive task of preparing and mobilizing for the conflict; the many regiments and battalions
recruited from the Old North State; as well as the state's numerous contributions during the war. Continued below...
Heel State study, the reader begins with
interesting and thought-provoking statistical data regarding the 125,000 "Old
North State" soldiers that fought
during the course of the war and the 40,000 that perished. Hill advances with the Tar Heels to the first battle at Bethel, through numerous bloody campaigns and battles--including North Carolina’s
contributions at the "High Watermark" at Gettysburg--and concludes with Lee's surrender at
Reading: Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care during the American Civil War (University of Illinois Press). Description: Gangrene
and Glory covers practically
every aspect of the 'medical related issues' in the Civil War and it illuminates the key players in the development and advancement
of medicine and medical treatment. Regarding the numerous diseases and surgical procedures, Author Frank Freemon discusses
what transpired both on and off the battlefield. The Journal of the American Medical Association states: Continue below...
“In Freemon's vivid account, one almost sees the pus,
putrefaction, blood, and maggots and . . . the unbearable pain and suffering.” Interesting historical
accounts, statistical data, and pictures enhance this book. This research is not limited to the Civil War buff, it is a must
read for the individual interested in medicine, medical procedures and surgery, as well as some of the pioneers--the surgeons
that foreshadowed our modern medicine.
Sources: United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Library of Congress: American War Casualty
Lists and Statistics; William F. Fox, Regimental Losses in the American Civil War; Walter Clark, Histories of the Several
Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-1865; D. H. Hill, Confederate Military History Of North Carolina: North Carolina In The Civil War, 1861-1865; Weymouth
T. Jordan and Louis H. Manarin, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865; North Carolina Office of Archives and History; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; North Carolina Museum
of History; State Library of North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Agriculture; University Library, The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; National Park Service: American Civil War; National Park Service: Soldiers and Sailors System;
Library of Congress; Official Records of the Union and Confederate
Armies; National Archives and Records Administration.
North Carolina American Civil War Casualties, Fatalities, Killed, Wounded, Captured,
Missing in Action, List of North Carolina Civil War Battles, and the state's Battlefields with a complete History,
Details, including Confederate Army Statistics, What caused the Civil War?