During the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, over 620,000 accounted soldiers were killed. Known as the "the first modern war", historians generally agree that the reason for this was because this was a time of transition for the military. Armies and Navies were still using tactics where they would gather large forces of firepower to bear on the enemy. At the same time, weapons were being developed which were accurate and lethal
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around by the horses because it was on wheels.
I give these men lots of credit for going out there and fighting like they did. Many really did not know why they were fighting and they still fought with courage. And with a total of 620,000 casualties, a lot of men did not come home.
1. "The Civil War", Ken Burns, 1994, tape 5,
"Weapons of the Civil War"
2. "The Civil War", CD-ROM, by Mathew Brady,