Revolutionary War Statistics

GENERAL INFO:

  • Population (1760)........ 1,600,000
  • Population (1780)........ 2,780,000
  • Enrolled......................... 200,000
  • Ratio............................... 5.7%
  • Cost of war (1782)........ $134,645,177
  • National debt (1783).... $36,500,375

1780 POPULATION ESTIMATES BY STATE:

  • Pennsylvania- 327,305
  • North Carolina- 270,133
  • Massachusetts- 268,627
  • Maryland- 245,474
  • New York- 210,541
  • Connecticut- 206,701
  • South Carolina- 180,000
  • New Jersey- 139,627
  • New Hampshire- 87,802
  • Delaware- 45,385
  • Georgia- 56,071
  • Rhode Island- 52,946
  • Kentucky- 45,000
  • Maine- 49,133
  • Vermont- 47,620
  • Tennessee- 10,000

BATTLE CASUALTIES

Killed:
Army....... 4,044
Navy........ 342
Marines... 49
TOTAL.... 4,435

Wounded:
Army........ 6,004
Navy......... 114
Marines.... 70
TOTAL..... 6,188

TOTAL..... 10,682
Ratio.............................. 2.4%
Ratio-killed................... 2.2%
Ratio-dead.................... 2.2%
Ratio-casualties............ 5.3%
K.I.A per Month........... 55

Total Deaths (combat/non-combat)... 25,324
Wounded................................................. 8,445
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OTHER FACTS:

  1. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Gen. George Washington's Continental Army:
    There were no less than 21 regiments (estimated to total between 6,500-8,000 men) of loyalists in the British Army. Washington reported a field army of 3,468. About 1/3 of Americans opposed the Revolutionary War.
  2. History's first submarine attack took place in New York Harbor in 1776. The Connecticut inventor David Bushnell called his submarine the "Turtle" because it resembled 2 large tortoise shells of equal size joined together. The watertight hull was made of 6-inch-thick oak timbers coated with tar.
    On September 6, 1776, the Turtle targeted the HMS Eagle, flagship of the British fleet. The Turtle was supposed to secure a cask of gunpowder to the hull of the Eagle and sneak away before it exploded. Unfortunately, the Turtle got entangled with the Eagle's rudder bar, lost ballast and surfaced before the gunpowder could be planted.
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