- If you were drafted during the American Civil War you could legally pay someone else $300 to go in your place.
- The American Civil War broke out in 1861 when the Confederates attacked a U.S. fortress, Fort Sumter, and ended with the surrender of all Confederate armies in 1865.
- The Confederacy was never recognized by any foreign country during the American Civil War.
- Sideburns are named after American Civil War General, General Burnside.
- from his post as Governor after refusing to support the Confederacy on the Civil War.
- Thomas and George Crittenden were brothers who were both generals during the American Civil War: one for the North and the other for the South.
- During the American Civil War, Generals were 50% more likely to die in combat than Privates.
- The entire student body of the University of Mississippi enlisted for the American Civil War. They suffered a 100% casualty rate.
- After the American Civil War, one third to one half of the currency was counterfeit.
- The American Civil War claimed the lives of 10% of all Northern males 20–45 years old, and 30% of all Southern white males aged 18–40.
- The American Civil War was one of the earliest true industrial wars. Railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively.
- The last surviving Civil War widow didn't pass away until 2008. She married an 86-year-old veteran when she was only 19.
- Mary Walker, a surgeon during the U.S. Civil War, is the only female Medal of Honor recipient.
- During the American Civil War, free black woman Mary Bowser took a job as a servant in the Confederate White House and served as a Union spy.