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 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2010 01:15 am
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  What ifs aside, I must correct your statement that 2% of the total MALE population died in the war. The percentage was much higher, especially for the white male population of the south.

  In the 1860 Census, the total populaqtion was 31,443,321. Using the generally accepted figure of 620,000 soldier deaths in the war, it would be correct to say that 2% of the TOTAL population died. This does not count civilian deaths, which would be difficult to estimate.

  Of the total population, about 49.2% were male. Thus, the total male population was about 15.47 million. Using just the 620,000 soldier deaths, you can see that amounted to about 4% of the total male population.

  Of the over 31 million, something over 9 million lived in the Confederate states. However, the white population there was only about 5.5 million. About half were male, or 2.75 million. Of the 620,000 soldier deaths in the war, perhaps 260,000 were southern. Since only a tiny percentage of blacks served as southern soldiers, it can be said that about 10% of all southern white males were soldier deaths in the war.

  Of the 2.75 million southern white males, the majority were too young or too old, or otherwise unable to serve. Estimates of the number who were Confederate soldiers might range from 750,000 to almost a million. Since about 260,000 died, that amounted to about 30% of Confederate soldiers. If you add those who were wounded or disabled but survived, the percentage of casualties might move up into the 40s.

Last edited on Tue May 11th, 2010 01:41 am by Texas Defender

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