Number of soldiers during the American Civil War 1861-1865

This graph shows the total number of soldiers who were enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War, between 1861 and 1865. The total population of the Union states was 18.9 million in 1860, and the Confederate states in the south had a population of 8.6 million. The Border States, who primarily supported the Union but sent troops to both sides, had a population of 3.5 million. From the graph we can see that over the course of the war a total of 2.1 million men enlisted for the Union Army, and 1.1 million enlisted for the Confederate Army. The Union Army had roughly double the number of soldiers of the Confederacy, and although the Confederacy won more major battles than the Union in the early stages of the war, the strength of numbers in the Union forces was a decisive factor in their overall victory as the war progressed.

Number of soldiers who were enlisted during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865, by army

Total number of soldiers
Union States2,128,948
Confederate States1,082,119
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1861 to 1865

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