Some work has been done in this area, but there is still much to be done. The stongest need is to create a comprehensive database of grave registrations. Several have worked on various aspects of this and they are listed in the menu on the right of the page. You should begin your search by checking these.
An estimated 258,000 Confederate soldiers died during the war, 94,000 in battle and 164,000 by disease and other causes. The major battles are listed below with comments on where the dead are buried. Note that the number of Confederates killed are best estimates from various sources. Many times casualty numbers are listed which are much higher. The casualty count generally includes those wounded and captured.
|Gettysburg||5,750(1)||The southern dead were removed to cemeteries in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia between 1871 and 1873. Most of the Confederate dead were interred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia in a special section set aside specifically for the casualties of Gettysburg.|
|Chickamauga||2,389(2)||Confederate Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN|
|Shiloh||1,728(6)||The Confederates who died at Shiloh were not disinterred from their battlefield graves. They remain on the field in several large mass graves and many smaller individual plots. As many as eleven or twelve mass graves exist, but the park commission that created the battlefield could only locate five. Those five are now marked, the largest of these being the mass grave at Tour Stop # 5.|
|Chancellorsville||1,665(5)||Fredericksburg and Spotslyvania Court House Cemeteries|
|Sharpsburg (Antietam)||1,546||Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.|
|Wilderness||1,495(8)||Confederates who died in the Fredericksburg area were interred in Confederate cemeteries in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania.|
|Spotsylvania||1,467(10)||The Fredericksburg City Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery are situated at the corner of William Street and Washington Avenue, surrounded by a common brick wall. Six Confederate generals and more than 3,300 Southern soldiers lie buried there; 2,184 of them are unknown.|
|Second Manassas||1,300(7)||Local citizens established the Confederate Cemetery at Groveton. In 1904, the UDC erected a monument. Today, 266 Confederate soldiers lay at rest here, all having lost their lives on or around the fields of Manassas. Of those, the names of all but two men have been lost.|
|Murfreesboro (Stones River)||1,294(6)>||About 1,300 Confederates are buried in the Confederate Circle at Evergreen Cemetery. This plot is their third resting place. They were buried on the battlefield by Union soldiers after the battle, and were moved to their own cemetery later. When the first Confederate cemetery fell into disrepair in 1867, the bodies were moved to Evergreen Cemetery.|
|Fredericksburg||608(9)||The Fredericksburg City Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery are situated at the corner of William Street and Washington Avenue, surrounded by a common brick wall. Six Confederate generals and more than 3,300 Southern soldiers lie buried there; 2,184 of them are unknown.|
|Fort Donelson||327(3)||Clarksville Confederate Hospital Cemetery|
For many other major battles, the numbers actually killed are unknown. The battles listed below show total casualties.
|Seven Days' Battle||15,849|
|Peach Tree Creek||1,600|
by John C. Rigdon