The Civil War (1861-1865) — Fascinating Facts

  • What was the divorce rate in the Civil War?

    In the 20 years after the Civil War, the national divorce rate increased 150 percent.

  • What is a carpetbagger?

    The term “carpetbagger” was used by Southerners to describe opportunistic Northerners who moved to the South during Reconstruction. These newcomers often carried bags made from used carpet, or carpetbags.

  • Did weapons or disease kill more men during the Civil War?

    During the Civil War, 2 percent of the US population died. This is equivalent to 6 million men today. While rifles were the deadliest weapons during the war, disease killed more men. Camps became breeding grounds for measles, chicken pox, and mumps. One million Union solders contracted malaria.

  • How many people were killed in the Civil War?

    Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. About the same number of men died in the first 15 minutes at Grant’s assault at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864. But the Civil War was the bloodiest ever fought on American soil: 618,000 people died — more than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.