Though records for Confederate soldiers are more sparse than those for Union soldiers, we do have good data on the average soldier who fought for the Army of Northern Virginia (Lee’s army). About 800,000 men fought for the Confederacy. Most Confederate reenactors like the ones in this picture (from a Jackson, MI event in August 2014) tend to be older and more plump. The average Rebel was abut 5’7″ and 145 pounds.
Source: The Civil War Monitor (2015)
Average age: 25
Birth origin: 96.6% born in U.S.
Of those, only 4% born in the north.
Foreign born: 3.4%
Marital status: 62.5% single, 37.5% married
Of those married, 31.2% had children at home.
(Less than $799 in combined assets)
(Assets between $800-$3999)
(Assets $4000 or more)
Unskilled workers: 13.2%
(Teachers for example)
Skilled workers: 9.2%
Personally owned slaves: 13%
Resided in slaveholding households: 44.4%