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Civil War Soldiers

The American Civil War (1861-1865) was one of the most destructive wars of the American history. The civil war caused about 970,000 casualties, i.e. 3% of the population, including approximately 620,000 deaths of civil war soldiers. The history of American Civil War is full of woeful stories of the civil war soldiers.

The civil war soldiers were haphazardly recruited to raise the armies of the Union and Confederacy in the American Civil War. The civil war soldiers that fought the American Civil War were not skilled fighters and professionally trained soldiers. The American civil war soldiers were not the soldiers well versed in the art of weaponry and fighting rather they fought and attacked like a scattered violent mob.

The American civil war soldiers that fought the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 were poorly organized and poorly trained. The American civil war soldiers were not disciplined like the modern American soldiers. This lack of war training, war skills, war tactics, and discipline cause huge number of casualties of the civil war soldiers.

According to the civil war death toll reports, around 360,000 Union civil war soldiers died as a direct result of the war, and the Confederacy lost 260,000 of its civil war soldiers in the American Civil war. The overall number of deaths of the civil war soldiers in the Civil War nearly equals the number of American soldiers killed in all other military actions up to the present.

The civil war soldiers were inadequately fed, clothed and housed, and had poor medical care; this was one of the factors responsible for causing such a huge number of deaths of the civil war soldiers in the American civil war. The death toll reports of the American civil war soldiers reveal that two-thirds of the civil war soldiers died due to disease. The regiments of the civil war soldiers camped where they could often foraged for fuel and food. Often, the civil war soldiers had to depend on their own resources, on the sutlers, and on friends and relatives for food and shelter.

Yet, the American civil war soldiers were youthful, high-spirited, enthusiastic, and sentimental. They sang romantic songs whenever they got time free from fighting. However, the civil war soldiers acted like civilians on a picnic during their encounters with their enemies. Perhaps this was because they had no superiors to offer them tactful war strategies. They had to make and execute their own war strategies; their war strategies were not well planned and well schemed, and consequently they had to endure unnecessary hardships because of their poor war strategies.