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More Surprising Civil War Facts

1.From 1861 to 1865, the number of #orphans in America doubled. 2. #Horses and other draft animals had about a 7 month #life expectancy during the war. 3. The leading cause of death by disease during the war was diarrhea. About one case in 40 was fatal. Poor sanitation in camps and prisoner of war camps contributed to the situation. 4. Most #soldiers, when #marching, covered about 15 to 20 miles a day. Not bad, especially for southern soldiers who…

LAST SHOT OF THE CIVIL WAR WAS A BLANK

  [caption id="attachment_543" align="alignleft" width="950"] Last Confederate Raider Ship[/caption]                                       The last shot fired in the Civil War was at sea in the Bering Strait. The CSS Shenandoah, a Confederate Raider vessel, arriving late in the war (1864) fired a blank cannon shot at a US whaler ship. The Confederates took her cargo, despite the fact the whaler's captain almost wanted to fight…

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Intrigue

Cape Hatteras during the Civil War had some daring exploits. The Rebs had it, the Yankees had it. In late August 1861the Union won the  Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, both Confederate forts near Hatteras Inlet, was a pivotal win for the Union. The Union attack signified many firsts in the war: the first combined Army and Navy operation, the first amphibious assault, and the first African American gun crew to fire on Confederates. The Rebels removed the 1000 crystal Fresnel lamp…