What war do you believe to be the bloodiest in US Hist. - Page 4




View Poll Results :Bloodiest war
Persain gulf war (1991) 0 0%
Vietnam War (1961-1973) 8 10.00%
Korean War (1950-1953) 0 0%
World War 2 (1941-1945) 15 18.75%
World War 1 (1917-1918) 1 1.25%
war with China (1900) 0 0%
Philippine-American War (1899) 0 0%
The Spanish American War (1898) 0 0%
Nez Perce war (1877) 0 0%
The Civil War (1861-1865) 56 70.00%
Wakarusa War (1855, 1856) 0 0%
War with Mexico a.k.a Mexican-American War (1846-1848) 0 0%
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May 17th, 2004  
BmrSooner451
 
yea ACW, and Sharpsburg(hehe you can tell I am from Louisiana) was the bloodiest battle. 23k soldiers were killed or wounded compared to something like 1,100 killed and nearly 2,300 wounded at Tarawa
May 17th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
If we're still talking about American Wars the clearly with over 600,000 casualties, the Civil War was the bloodiest.

As for battles, that's a tougher one. Tarawa (WWII) has been mentioned. In it, 4,500 Japanese were killed (only 20 were left alive), 3,000 U.S. Marines were killed or wounded in 4 days of fighting.

In comparison, the Civil War's costliest battles were:
1. Gettysburg - 51,112 (23,049 Union and 28,063 Confederate)
2. Chickamauga - 34,624 (16,170 Union and 18,454 Confederate)
3. Chacellorsville - 30,099 (17,278 Union and 12,821 Confederate)
4. Spotsylvania - 27,399 (18,399 Union and 9,000 Confederate)
5. Antietam - 26,134 (12,410 Union and 13,724 Confederate)
These are followed in order by The Wilderness, Second Manassas, Stone's River, Shiloh, and Fort Donelson. Sorry but Sharpsburg didn't make the top 10 although you're right there were a staggering 23,100 casualties.

See http://www.civilwarhome.com/Battles.htm for more details.
May 17th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Wow, Top, numbers like that are hard to even comprehend. Each one of those battles killed more people than live in my entire county.
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May 17th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
Yes, I agree those seem like incredible numbers. I don't know if you have ever had the opportunity to walk through any of these battlefields. If not, you should put them on your list of things to do. They are truly solemn and stirring places to walk. If you do get the chance to go to at least one, bone up on exactly what happened in that particular place before you go. You can then virtually walk in the footsteps of those fallen soldiers and you will be moved by the very concept of the carnage and courage that took place right where you are standing.
May 17th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
I have had that privilege, the most moving one was Fredericksburg and walking around the slaughterhouse below the Sunken Road on Marie's Heights. It's amazing to me that 12,600 Union and 5,000 Confederate soldiers died or were wounded in that little cramped space a couple hundred yards wide. Standing up on the Heights, you can see just how suicidal a direct assault would be. What I have always found most moving about historic battlefields are the stories of individuals in the battle (in this case, CSA Sgt Richard Kirkland, so-called "Angel of Fredericksburg").

On a side note, I actually found two Minnie balls there near the stone wall.
May 17th, 2004  
Achilles
 
 
an enteresting fact about WWII. Very few Japanese soldiars ever surrendered, forcing the GIs to slaughter them to win an island
May 17th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
What a waste of lives!
May 17th, 2004  
Achilles
 
 
i know, the japs fought as if all hell was burning at their back door(which probably was) but then again, the russians used their dead comrades to climb over the german lines during WWII.
May 30th, 2004  
soldierzhonor
 
 
Yes, the civil war
May 30th, 2004  
Marksman
 
 
I'm steel on 'nam