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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
Probably not, because in any unit there are people absent for all sorts of reasons. For example, men were routinely detailed for purposes like teamsters driving regimental wagons or other vehicles; although not on the firing line they may still be considered present on the field. This was a situation Lt. U. S. Grant often found himself in during the Mexican War while on detached service from his regiment as commissary or ordnance officer or acting adjutant. There were always those sick, wounded, or just temporarily absent from the ranks and they too were technically present though at a distance from their commands.thanks for the data.
Just as an aside - when casualties are reported, they included missing and captured right? So in theory, if an entire regiment surrendered, would their reported casualty rate be listed at 100%?