Thanks Ken. Very valid point. I just send the individual an
email for a clarification. Here is what I sent.
". . . You are going to have to define what you
mean by "West." Are you referring to one of the Western Theaters or are
you referring to the Frontier? For instance, in my discussion group I
define the Western Theater as any engagement that did not involve Lee's Army
of Northern Virginia or any element thereof. The Index to the Official
Records actually list five theaters as being Western and I just combined them
all for purposes of discussion. In either case it is going to
be very difficult to come up with a reliable
As you can see, not all the questions I get from my website are all easy to
answer. However, I do try to respond to them all. Some I just have
to say, "sorry, I can't help." I allow about 15 minutes research time per
question. That is unless the question really interests me. Those I
spend a lot more time with. For instance I got one a while back asking
what the impact of "chicken pox" was on the soldiers in the Civil War.
Since I have the Medical Records of the Civil War I thought that would be
a simple question to answer. Would you believe that chicken pox is not
mentioned in any of the Official Records (Army, Navy, or Medical). The
best I could figure was that they lumped chicken pox in with the mild form of
small pox called varioloid because this is mentioned. I checked with a
couple of cousins of mine that are doctors and have an interest in the Civil War
and they agreed that certainly sounded like what happened. During the
research I learned more than I ever wanted to know about small pox in the Civil
Thanks for responding.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:35
Subject: [SPAM]Re: [civilwarwest] A
Question on Numbers
Believe your questioner might be referring to the frontier rather than
the western theater. It's still a tough number to pin down. How many regulars
were not called east? How many new regular regiments were formed? Would you
count the Confederates who "volunteered" to serve rather than be POWs?
Figuring roughly 14,000 pre-war, less those interned in Texas makes the
number around 11,000. Less those called east, plus those recruited, plus the
galvanized Yankees, minus desertions. Makes my hair hurt.
A bit early in the day to start tossing them back, but I'm tempted.