Revolutionary Casualties

by Richard Brookhiser

Of course there were fewer American battlefield casualties in the whole American Revolution than in the Battle of Antietam. But America was a much smaller country in 1780 than it was in 1862. If you ask what percentage of Americans, and what percentage of Americans in arms, were killed or injured, the American Revolution was quite deadly enough.

By the second measure, I believe the Mexican War was the deadliest we ever fought.