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US Civil War Facts


After the US Civil War, about 33%-50% of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit.

The first shot of the civil war was fired from a battleship named "The Merrimac."

The last land battle of the U.S. Civil War was fought in Texas.

More than three million men fought in the civil war.

African Americans constituted less than one percent of the northern population, yet made up ten percent of the Union Army.

The words "In God We Trust" first appeared on a U.S. coin in 1864.
Artillery was used extensively, but only about 10 percent of the wounded were the victims of artillery fire.

The war began as the result of a dispute between certain southern states and certain northern slates regarding slavery and the taxation of cotton exports.

A total of 180,000 black men, more than 85% of those eligible, enlisted in the civil war.

Of the nearly 3.5 million soldiers involved in the Civil War only 75,000 were regulars of the United States or Confederate military forces.
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