Battlefield Dispatches No. 208: ‘War Horses’

In the study of the Civil War, one of the most common questions is how many soldiers died in the war? The answer is more than 600,000 Americans (soldiers, sailors and marines) in both the Blue and the Gray died in battle, of wounds received in combat or disease in the Civil War. Another statistic which is often overlooked or ignored is how many horses and mules died during the Civil War and the answer to this question approximately 1,500,000. Approximately is used here because I do not believe we will ever know the exact number, but 1.5 million can be documented and is the figure used on the “War Horse Memorial” that was unveiled and dedicated on Sept. 17, 1997.

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