Civil War facts

If you were drafted during the American Civil War you could legally pay someone else $300 to go in your place.

The last surviving Civil War widow didn’t pass away until 2008. She married an 86-year-old veteran when she was only 19.

There’s a colony in Brazil founded by 2,000 to 4,000 Confederate refugees who left the U.S. after losing the Civil War.

The U.S. Civil War had a Balloon Corps established by Abraham Lincoln.

Sideburns are named after American Civil War General, General Burnside.

American Civil War soldiers had a code of honor that forbade shooting at men while they were pooping.

More than 600 women dressed as men in order to fight in the American Civil War.

Sam Houston, the general who won Texas independence from Mexico, was removed from his post as Governor after refusing to support the Confederacy on the Civil War.

During the American Civil War, it was necessary to print out money in a hurry, so the Treasury released paper bills with designated values of fractions of a dollar.

There are more black men in prison today than there were black male slaves before the American Civil War.

Thomas and George Crittenden were brothers who were both generals during the American Civil War: one for the North and the other for the South.

The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men during a major American Civil War battle.

During the American Civil War, Generals were 50% more likely to die in combat than Privates.

The entire student body of the University of Mississippi enlisted for the American Civil War. They suffered a 100% casualty rate.

Many American Civil War soldiers had “nostalgia” listed as their cause of death, meaning homesickness.

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