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War Department figures indicate only 23,294 thousand volunteers remain from its vast Civil War army.

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The War Department forwarded figures to the House of Representatives indicating that on this day the number of volunteers remaining in the U.S. Army was down to 23,294 officers and men. This was the small remainder  of  the Civil War high of almost a million men.   By November 1866, this volunteer number was down to just over eleven thousand, nearing the end of a massive eighteen month post-war demobilization.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Army of the United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 30.