New statistics reveal many more deaths in Civil War than previously estimated.

Up til now, most historians estimated some 620,000 deaths attributed to the Civil War. That number has now been revised upward, by a lot. There is widespread belief now that as many as 750,000 people died from the Civil War. That means that instead of the previous estimate of one in thirteen dying in the Civil War, historians now believe that as many as one in ten did.

J. David Hacker recently published an article “A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead,” in Civil War History (Vol 57 No 4, December 2011).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chart source: Winter 2011 issue of The Civil War Monitor