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The Deadliest Battles in the Civil War

Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with more than 51,000 casualties, including 7,863 dead. Battle deaths in the Civil War totaled nearly 215,000. Below is a list of the deadliest battles in the war.

BattleDatesNumber of fatalities
Battle of GettysburgJune 3, – July 24, 18637,863 (3,155 Union troops; and 4,708 Confederate)
Battle of Spotsylvania Court HouseMay 8–21, 18644,192 (2,725 Union troops; and 1,467 Confederate)
Battle of ChickamaugaSep. 1–20, 18633,969 killed (1,657 Union troops; 2,312 Confederate)
Battle of the WildernessMay 5–7, 18643,723 (2,246 Union troops; 1,477 Confederate)
Antietam Campaign Sep. 17, 18623,650 (2,100 Union troops; 1,550 Confederate)
Battle of ShilohApril 6–7, 18623,482 (1,754 Union troops; and 1,728 Confederate)
Battle of Chancellorsville April 30 – May 6, 18633,271 (1,606 Union troops; and 1,665 Confederate)
Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas) August 29–30, 18623,205 killed (1,724 Union troops; 1,481 Confederate)
Battle of Stone's RiverDec. 31, 1862–Jan. 2, 18632,971 (1,677 Union troops; and 1,294 Confederate)
Battle of FredericksburgDecember 11–15, 18621,892 (1,284 Union troops; and 608 Confederate)
Sources Department of Defense and Veterans Administration, the National Park Service, and history.com.

See also Post-Vietnam Combat Casualties.


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