So many statistics….So little time

by fifer1863 on December 29, 2009

According to John Busey’s “These Honored Dead: The Union Casualties at Gettysburg”, the following is a list of the number of soldiers killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Army Of the Potomac :

New York

978

Pennsylvania

745

Massachusetts

200

Michigan

200

US Regulars

182

Ohio

139

Maine

119

Wisconsin

105

Indiana

96

New Jersey

80

New Hampshire

67

Vermont

58

Minnesota

50

Connecticut

45

Maryland

29

Delaware

21

Rhode Island

14

West Virginia

11

Illinois

9

Total

3,148

Army of Northern Virginia:

North Carolina

1452

Virginia

1012

Georgia

774

Mississippi

393

South Carolina

295

Alabama

254

Louisiana

141

Texas

111

Florida

80

Maryland

65

Tennessee

55

Arkansas

41

Total

4,673

Total number killed: 7,821

Based on these figures, you can easily have your students working on some math concepts. Have your students answer questions such as:

  • What is the average number of soldiers killed for both the North and the South?
  • What percentage of the total number of soldiers killed were from Ohio?
  • What percentage of those killed were from the South?
  • How many more soldiers were killed from North Carolina versus Pennsylvania?

Or, how about some critical thinking skills…

  • Why do you think New York and North Carolina had the highest number of soldiers killed?
  • During what day of the battle do you think Minnesota lost the greatest number of soldiers and why?

Until next time. From just north of Gettysburg…

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