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 Posted: Fri Aug 10th, 2012 08:37 am
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Ok gonna try and see what I've got. Just going on the three Pender mentioned, the Wilderness, Spotslvania, and North Anna first. Looking at William Price's Civil War Handbook total casualties (KIA, WIA, MIA for Federal, just total for Confederate as the book doesn't break down Confederate losses) are listed as
  • T
  • he Wilderness - Federal: 37,737 | Confederate: 11,400 | Total: 49,137
  • S
  • potsylvania Court House (includes Fredericksburg Road, Laurel Hill, and Nye River engagements) - Federal: 26,461 | Confederate: 9,000 | Total: 35,461
  • N
  • orth Anna River - Federal: 1,973 | Confederate: 2,000 | Total: 3,973

The total for the three comes out to 88,571. Keep in mind that Price states that on battles where Federal casualties numbered five hundred or more that the Confederate casualties are based on estimates.

I was going to do a note because when my copy was printed the was a blob of ink on the last digit of the Confederate casualties for Spotsylvania and it could be either a 0 or a 9 thanks to that. But Shotgun's
Home of the American Civil War
( has the same list coming from Statistical Record Of The Armies Of The United States" By Frederick Phisterer ( Phister's book isn't listed in the bibliography of Price's book so Phister may have gotten his list from Price or they both got it from someone else. But checking a few of the battles their the same list.

Looking at the Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, edited by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler the casualties look like
  • T
  • he Wilderness - Federal: 18,000 | Confederate: 10,000 | Total: 28,000
  • S
  • potsylvania Court House - Federal: 18,000 | Confederate: 12,000 | Total: 30,000
  • N
  • orth Anna River - Federal: N/L | Confederate: N/L| Total: N/L

North Anna is in the book but there is no casualty listings for the battle so it's N/L (Not Listed)

And then there's The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference, edited by Margaret E. Wagner, Gary W. Gallagher, and Paul Finkelman, which lists casualties for these three as:
  • T
  • he Wilderness - Federal: 18,400 | Confederate: 11,400 | Total: 29,800
  • S
  • potsylvania Court House - Federal: 18,000 | Confederate: 12,000 | Total: 30,000
  • N
  • orth Anna River - Federal: N/A | Confederate: N/A | Total: N/A

North Anna isn't even described in the book.

Last edited on Fri Aug 10th, 2012 08:39 am by Hellcat

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