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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

How come so many horses died because of the American civil war?

Over 1.5 million horses and mules died from the war.

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  • 6 months ago
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    Civil War armies consisted of tens of thousands of men on foot and required massive amounts of resources to support them. Wagons drawn by horses and mules provided the main means of transportation for ammunition, food and all other necessary supplies. To keep the front lines armed and fed, those wagon trains had to be in close proximity to the fighting at all times.

    Also, artillery at that time was still an inexact science. Long range barrages often overshot the front lines, landing right in the middle of the supply trains. Many horses that weren't killed outright were either wounded by shrapnel or in the panic to the point where they had to be put down.

    I recall touring one of the Southern battlefields and reading accounts of how nearby townspeople struggled with the rotting carcasses of thousands of dead horses for weeks after the battle. Many were dragged into mounds and set on fire. The period photos of the piles of bones and skulls looked like some artist's rendition of hell.

  • Athena
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    6 months ago

    Rifle accuracy was not so good back then.

    • John P
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      6 months agoReport

      There was no mechanical form of road transport in the 1860s, thus horses were ridden, or used to pull wagons. Killing the enemy's horses was one way to slow down the enemy.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Because humans are so stupid and starting so many wars

  • 6 months ago

    horses are larger targets than men

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  • 6 months ago

    Actually a lot of horses died in WWl but then the Model T Ford had already been invented in 1904.The big Bertha tank won the war.So the motor car and aircraft industries were born.

  • 6 months ago

    New weaponry..That will happen when you charge into cannon fire and the new "machine guns".

    If you're asking SPECIFICALLY about the CIVIL war, it may be because advances in weaponary. Cannons could be fired faster. And more accurate rifles would kill more men and animals.

    Source(s): Ken Burns documentary on civil war.
  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    And also a lot of them probably died of harsh conditions and diseases.

  • 6 months ago

    Their tanks were all in the motor pool being repaired.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    They were on the front line or sufficiently near to be hit.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    They were shot while soldiers were riding them into battle.

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