This week in the Civil War - April 15, 1862
This week in the Civil War - April 22, 1862

The American Civil War's Unknown Soldiers:


2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Photos in the Library of Congress, Donated by Tom Liljenquist. The Library of Congress is displaying several hundred of the photos.

Liljenquist wanted the public to have access to the photos, so the unsung heroes of the American Civil War would not be forgotten.

At least 618,000 Americans died in the Civil War, and some experts say the toll reached 700,000. The number that is most often quoted is 620,000. At any rate, these casualties exceed the nation's loss in all its other wars, from the Revolution through Vietnam.

The Union armies had from 2,500,000 to 2,750,000 men. Their losses, by the best estimates:
Battle deaths: 110,070
Disease, etc.: 250,152
Total 360,222

The Confederate strength, known less accurately because of missing records, was from 750,000 to 1,250,000. Its estimated losses:
Battle deaths: 94,000
Disease, etc.: 164,000
Total 258,000

The four-year war began after 11 southern states, known as the Confederacy, split from the rest of the United States. They had differences with the north over the rights of states, including owning slaves.

This video is dedicated to my Grandmother's Grandfather E D Underwood, Enlisted in Company C, 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment 31 May 1861.

And Maternal Grandfather Thomas B Gaddy 62nd Regiment Company I 5th Sergeant. Prisoner of War at Camp Douglas, Chicago, ILL Captured at Cumberland Gap TN. 1863 Discharged 1865.

*If you can help identify any of the men in these photos Please contact the Library of Congress

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