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Alternate Names for the Civil War*

  1. America's Civil War

  2. The Civil War Between the States

  3. The Late Unpleasantness

  4. The Lost Cause

  5. Mr. Lincoln's War

  6. The War Against Northern Aggression

  7. The War Against Slavery

  8. The War Between the States

  9. The War for the Union

  10. The War of the North and South

  11. War of the Rebellion- Official name used in Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

  12. War for Southern Independence

  13. Second American Revolution

  14. War of Secession

  15. War for State's Rights

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States with the Most Engagements*

  1. Virginia 519

  2. Tennessee 298

  3. Missouri 244

  4. Mississippi 186

  5. Arkansas 167

  6. Kentucky 138

  7. Louisiana 118

  8. Georgia 108

  9. North Carolina 85

  10. West Virginia 80

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Most Influential Generals*

  1. Lee, Robert E.

  2. Grant, Ulysses S.

  3. Jackson, Thomas J.

  4. Sherman, William T.

  5. Longstreet, James

  6. Sheridan, Philip H.

  7. Forrest, Nathan Bedford

  8. McClellan, George B.

  9. Stuart, J.E.B.

  10. Thomas, George

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Best Civil War Movies*

  1. Gone with the Wind (1939)

  2. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

  3. The Blue and the Gray (1982)

  4. North and South (1985)

  5. Glory (1989)

  6. Gettysburg (1993)

  7. Andersonville (1996)

  8. The Hunley (1999)

  9. Ride with the Devil (1999)

  10. Gods and Generals (2003)

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Must See Civil War Sites*

  1. Antietam, MD

  2. Appomattox Court House, VA

  3. Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania, VA

  4. Fort Sumter, SC

  5. Harpers Ferry, WV

  6. Gettysburg, PA

  7. Manassas, VA

  8. Richmond and Petersburg, VA

  9. Shiloh, TN

  10. Vicksburg, MS

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Best Civil War Books*

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Largest Northern Cities*

  1. New York, NY                813,659

  2. Philadelphia, PA            565,529

  3. Brooklyn, NY                 266,661

  4. Baltimore, MD               212,418

  5. Boston, MA                    177,840

  6. Cincinnati, OH               161,044

  7. St. Louis, MO                 160,773

  8. Chicago, IL                    112,172

  9. Buffalo, NY                     81,129

  10. Newark, NJ                      71,941

Of the largest 100 cities, 86 were in the north.

Source: Table 9, Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places: 1860, U.S. Bureau of the Census

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Largest Southern Cities*

  1. New Orleans, LA            168,675

  2. Charleston, SC 22           40,522

  3. Richmond, VA                 37,910

  4. Mobile, AL                      29,258

  5. Memphis, TN                   22,623

  6. Savannah, GA                  22,292

  7. Petersburg, VA                18,266

  8. Nashville, TN                   16,988

  9. Norfolk, VA                      14,620

  10. Wheeling, VA                   14,083

Of the largest 100 cities, 86 were in the north.

Source: Table 9, Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places: 1860, U.S. Bureau of the Census

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Worst Civil War Battles*

  1. Gettysburg, PA - July 1-3, 1863

  2. - 51,000
  3. Chickamauga, GA - September 18-20, 1863 - 34,624

  4. Spotsylvania Court House, VA - May 8-21, 1864 - 30,000

  5. Wilderness, VA - May 5-7, 1864 - 29,800

  6. Chancellorsville, VA - April 27-May 4, 1863 - 24,000

  7. Shiloh, TN - April 6-7, 1862 - 23,746

  8. Stones River, TN - December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863 - 23,515

  9. Antietam, MD - September 16-18, 1862 - 22,717

  10. Manassas (Second Bull Run), VA II - August 28-30, 1862 - 22,180

  11. Fredericksburg, VA I - December 11-15, 1862 - 17,929

    Casualties include three categories: 1) dead; 2) wounded; and 3) missing or captured. In general terms, casualties of Civil War battles included 20% dead and 80% wounded. Of the soldiers who were wounded, about one out of seven died from his wounds. Over two-thirds of the 622,000 men who gave their lives in the Civil War died from disease, not from battle. 

    (Source: Antietam National Battlefield - National Park Service)

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Men Recruited for the War*

  1. New York (U) - 448,850 11.7% of total

  2. Pennsylvania (U) - 337,936 8.8%

  3. Ohio (U) - 313,180 8.2%

  4. Illinois (U) - 259,092 6.8%

  5. Indiana (U) - 196,363 5.1%

  6. Virginia (C) - 192,924 5.0%

  7. Tennessee (C) - 166,227 4.3%

  8. Missouri (B) - 149,111 3.9%

  9. Massachusetts (U) - 146,730 3.8%

  10. North Carolina (C) - 135,191 3.5%

(Source: The Civil War Book of Lists, Castle Book)

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Ten Best Confederate Generals*

  1. Nathan B. Forrest

  2. Robert E. Lee

  3. Patrick R. Cleburne

  4. Thomas J. Jackson

  5. James Longstreet

  6. A. P. Hill

  7. J.E.B. Stuart

  8. John B. Hood (1862-1863)

  9. D. H. Hill

  10. William J. Hardee

(Source: The Civil War Book of Lists, Castle Book)

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Ten Best Union Generals*

  1. Ulysses S. Grant

  2. Benjamin H. Grierson

  3. George H. Thomas

  4. William T. Sherman

  5. Winfield S. Hancock

  6. John A. Logan

  7. Quincy Gilmore

  8. Andrew A. Humphreys

  9. Jams B. McPherson

  10. John M. Schofield

(Source: The Civil War Book of Lists, Castle Book)

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States with the Highest Total of Battle Deaths*

  1. North Carolina  19,673

  2. New York  19,085

  3. Pennsylvania  15,265

  4. South Carolina  12,922

  5. Ohio  11,588

  6. Illinois  9,884

  7. Mississippi  8,458

  8. Virginia  7,847

  9. Georgia  7,272 

  10. Indiana  7,243

  11. Massachusetts  6,115

  12. Michigan  4,448

  13. Wisconsin  3,802

  14. Iowa  3,540

  15. Louisiana  3,486

(Source: Civil War 101, Gramercy)

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Revised 04/21/2014