In addition to deaths from battle and disease there were other prolific sources of mortality, over 4000 being killed by accidents, resulting mostly from a careless use of firearms or from fractious horses, while 3000 more were drowned while bathing or boating. By the explosion of the steamer Sultana, loaded with exchanged prisoners, homeward bound after the war, 1400 Union soldiers were killed —a loss exceeded in only a few battles of the war.
Fox, Colonel William F., “The Chances of Being Hit in Battle,” The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Volume 36. New York: The Century Company, 1888, page 106
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