Casualties of the Civil War: Statistics & Causes


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What is the best definition of a Civil War casualty?

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1. What was primarily responsible for a soldier's death during the Civil War?

2. Identify the primary reason for the large number of Civil War casualties.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What types of weaponry and conditions on and off the battlefield contributed to the large number of casualties during the Civil War? The practice questions in this quiz/worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your knowledge of these topics.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to see what you know about the following:

  • Who is considered a Civil War casualty
  • The ability to recognize a true statement about Civil War deaths
  • Which weapon or weapons led to more death and severe wounds during the Civil War
  • Facts about Civil War hospitals
  • The conditions in Civil War prisons

Skills Practiced

While using this quiz and worksheet, you'll be able to develop the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the ways in which Civil War soldiers died on and off the battlefield
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Civil War in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Civil War casualty statistics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the types of weapons used during the Civil War

Additional Learning

For a closer look at this historical subject, review the accompanying lesson called Casualties of the Civil War: Statistics & Causes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review statistics of Union and Confederate soldiers killed, wounded or missing in the Civil War
  • Describe weapons used on Civil War battlefields
  • Identify diseases faced by Civil War soldiers
  • Use the account of a fictitious soldier to illustrate what might happen to one who was wounded in battle during the Civil War
  • Discuss the conditions of Civil War prisons and hospitals