Every victory comes at a price. I was interested in seeing how the War Between the States battles shaped up against other famous battles. And guess what? Gettysburg is the 5th bloodiest battles in history, with 46,000 casualties, 23,000 on each side, but as you know, considered by all a Union victory.. Would you like to know what the first four are? Want to take a guess? Well, here goes.
4th – The Battle of Cannae, 216 BC – Carthage vs Rome. Casualties: Carthaginians 10,000; Romans 50,000. Total casualties – 60,000.. Winner – the Carthaginians. (wow, they cleaned their plow).
3rd – First Day of the Somme, 1916 – Britain vs Germany. Causalities: British 60,000; German 8,000. Total: 68,000. Result: Indecisive (ugly)
2nd – Battle of Leipzig, 1813 – France vs Austria, Prussia and Russia. Casualties: French 30,000; Allies 54,000. Total: 84,000. Result: Coalition victory (most decisive defeat suffered by Napoleon).
Number One – Battle of Stalingrad, 1942-1943 – Nazi Germany vs Soviet Union. Casualties: Germany 841,000; Soviets 1,130,000. Total 1,971,000. Result: Soviet Victory.
That’s alot of dead people, readers. War is not for sissies.