Civil War Tidbits

B. Nash as Union Corporal
B. Nash as Union Corporal

B. Nash


3.9 million served during the Civil War.

1,100,00 caualties in 10,000 clashes/engagements.

In one day (September 17, 1862) at Antietam, there were 23,000 casualties.

The youngest Union soldier to join the Army was Edward Black. He was 8 years two months old when he enlisted as a musician in Company L of the 21st Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

In the Peninsular Campaign, in the Spring of 1862, 5,000 wounded were brought to a hospital where there were only one medical man and five hospital stewards to care for them.

The last land engagement of the Civil War was fought May 13, 1865 at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

Abraham Lincoln is claimed by some to have said after concluding his remarks at Gettysburg: “I failed, I failed, and that is about all that can be said about it.

There were more than 10,000 soldiers serving in the Union Army under the age of 18.

During the Civil War a person who had been drafted could hire a substitute. Lincoln even hired one (as a gesture). The bounty system was exploited by so called “bounty jumpers.” These men would hire out to more than one draftee and then make a hasty exit once they were paid. The record for bounty-jumping was held by John O’Connor. He admitted to hiring himself out 32 times before being caught. He received a 4 year prison term.

The last Union soldier to die was Albert Woolson. He was 109 years old when he passed away August 2, 1956.

Bruce Catton in his book ‘Glory Road’ summed up the Union soldier well when he wrote: “He was the central fact of the whole situation. For the time being, the government existed for him. He fought without poetry…and died by platoons when the time came to die, and all of the raw power which the country was beginning to assert had meaning only through him. He fought and died without any particular complaints, except for bad food and incompetent leadership.”

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