Biggest Cities in the Confederate States in 1860

Can you name the 15 largest cities in the Confederate States in the year 1860, a year before the start of the U.S. Civil War?
Answer marked in BOLD is in a state that separated from the Confederacy
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: October 24, 2019
First submittedSeptember 19, 2019
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1860
City
Current
168,675
New Orleans
391,006
40,522
Charleston
136,208
37,910
Richmond
228,783
29,258
Mobile
189,572
22,529
Memphis
650,618
22,292
Savannah
145,862
18,266
Petersburg, VA
31,567
16,988
Nashville
669,053
1860
City
Current
14,620
Norfolk
244,076
14,083
Wheeling
26,771
12,652
Alexandria, VA
160,530
12,493
Augusta, GA
196,939
9,621
Columbus, GA
194,160
9,554
Atlanta
498,044
9,552
Wilmington
122,607
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Level 66
Oct 24, 2019
I think saying that Alexandria was in a state that separated from the confederacy is misleading. While it was under Union occupation throughout the war, it was still technically part of Virginia. I think saying that it was under Union occupation would be a more accurate disclaimer.
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Level 66
Oct 24, 2019
However, the separated from the Confederacy issue would apply to Wheeling, WV.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2019
Fixed
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2019
2 years into the war for Wheeling.
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Level 67
Oct 24, 2019
It is remarkable how small most of these cities were. What we would qualify as a small or medium size town in a rural area today qualified as a major city for the CSA.
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2019
Keep in mind the population of the entire CSA was about 9 million, roughly the same as the current population of New Jersey.
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Level 55
Dec 10, 2019
Damn that's smaller than Georgia today!
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Level 59
Dec 10, 2019
And look at the difference between 1860 and current for places like Memphis and Atlanta. There was clearly some major population growth in those places some time between then and now.
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Level 55
Dec 10, 2019
Yeah growing up in Florida history lessons always included, "that made (insert city here) the largest city in the South!" I always remember it being New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah.
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2019
Kind of surprised that the subsequent capital, Montgomery, didn't even make it into the top 15.
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Level 58
Dec 12, 2019
I think most people know that the North was more populous and more urban than the South, but quizzes like this really drive the point home -- BOTH the largest and second largest cities in the Union (NYC and Philly respectively) were significantly larger than all ten cities in this quiz combined! The third largest, Brooklyn (which didn't merge with NYC until 1892) was still 100k bigger than New Orleans.
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Level 56
May 6, 2020
Great quiz! These places were tiny!