What was America's deadliest war?
Answer: Civil War
You may have guessed this by reading the newsletter, but I wanted to see if I could catch you off guard. I definitely learned this back in elementary school history, but the sheer loss of life didn't really hit me until I read the article. A lot of good men and women died for our country. Take a look at the numbers below:
In 2010, the Congressional Research Service published a report on war casualty statistics, in response to numerous requests for data. Compiled from sources at the Department of Defense, it indicates the number of casualties among American military personnel serving in principal wars and combat actions. Data before World War I are based on incomplete records in many cases. Casualty statistics for wars long ended, such as Vietnam and Korea, are updated periodically, usually when remains are identified and persons previously listed as missing in action are reclassified as dead. - Market Watch
1. Civil War, 1861-1865
Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. This number comes from an 1889 study of the war performed by William F. Fox and Thomas Leonard Livermore. Both men fought for the Union. Their estimate is derived from an exhaustive study of the combat and casualty records generated by the armies over five years of fighting. A recent study puts the number of dead as high as 850,000.
2.World War II, 1941-1946 Total deaths: 405,399
3. World War I, 1917-1918 Total deaths: 116,516
4. Vietnam, 1964-1973 Total deaths: 58,220
5. Korean War, 1950-1953 Total deaths: 36,574
6. Mexican-American War, 1846-1848 Total deaths: 13,283
7. Iraq, 2003-2011 Total deaths: 4,486 (according to icasualties.org)
8. Revolutionary War, 1775-1783 Total deaths: 4,435
9. Spanish-American War 1898-1901 Total deaths: 2,446
10. Afghanistan, 2001-present Total deaths: 2,322 (according to icasualties.org)