Educator's Guide: Mathematics: Price in Blood Activity Sheet

Price in Blood :Activity Sheet

Study the chart below and compare the casualities for both sides during the Civil War. Construct two bar graphs (Union and Confederate) that depicts the information.

Sources: The Civil War Centennial Handbook by William Price and Medicine of the Civil War by Paul Steiner



ENLISTMENTS:
UNION ......................................................

CONFEDERATE estimate ...................................................

2,893,304

1,342,035

Union Confederate
Total hit in battle 385,100 320,000
Battle deaths 110,100 94,000
Killed in Action 67,100 54,000
Died of Wounds 43,000 40,000
Wounded 275,000 226,000
Missing in action 6,750 ?
Captured 211,400 462,000
Died in Prison 30,200 26,000
Died of Disease 224,000 60,000
Other deaths 34,800 ?
Desertions 199,000 83,400

Questions

1. What was the total number of those hit in battle? ________________________

2. What percentage of battle deaths were killed in action? ___________________

Union __________________ Confederate ___________________

3. How many Confederate troops were captured during the war? ______________
How does this compare with the Union? ______________________________
What factors could have contributed to the wide difference? ________________

4. Compare the difference in death by disease. Which side had the higher
percentage of death by disease?

5. How many troops deserted? __________ Which side had the higher ratio? ____

6. Of the total Union enlistments, what percentage is recorded as missing in action? Union ___________________ Confederate ________________

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