Some interesting and unusual facts about “The War of Rebellion” every history trivia buff should have in their arsenal
In the early spring of 1865, the Confederate armies in the South surrendered to the Union in the North and the resistance collapsed, bringing the four year bloodiest fight ever to take place on US soil, to an end. It was the American Civil War.
1. 2% of the U.S. population was killed in the Civil War, the average age of a soldier being only 23 years old.
2. Memorial Day was initially known as Decoration Day, in which the surviving soldiers decorated graves on May 26, 1865 when the last Southern troops surrendered, and the ritual has been repeated annually since.
4. There was a battle on every single day of the four years of the war, resulting in 10,455 military events.
5. The Civil War was the first time that the national draft was implemented in America.
6. Over 1/ 3 of the Union Army soldiers were immigrants or slaves.
7. Arlington National Cemetery was originally Robert E. Lee’s estate. It had been turned into a cemetery by the Union soldiers to remind him of the death and destruction he had caused.
8. Before the start of the war in 1860, Mississippi and South Carolina had more slaves in their populations than free citizens.
9. The 13th Amendment is made up of 48 words, reflecting the fact that the Civil War lasted 48 months.
10. The youngest soldier to fight in the war was 9 years old, explaining why one of the war’s 25 nicknames was “The Boy’s War”.
11. Both the Union and the Confederate armies forbade women to enlist. However, many women did fight by disguising themselves and enlisting as men.
12. The Union and the Confederate armies both used hot air balloons during the Civil War.
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