10 April 2012

Civil War Toll Up by 20 Percent in New Estimate

A lithograph of the Battle of Gettysburg. (Library of Congress/Getty Images)

“For 110 years, the numbers stood as gospel: 618,222 men died in the Civil War, 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — by far the greatest toll of any war in American history.

But new research shows that the numbers were far too low.

By combing through newly digitized census data from the 19th century, J. David Hacker, a demographic historian from Binghamton University in New York, has recalculated the death toll and increased it by more than 20 percent — to 750,000...”

Read the full article.

And, though Mr. Hacker might be raising his death toll for the war, a research historian with the Office of Archives and History for NC has been working to substantiate the death toll of North Carolinians!

For me, the records they use in their quests are of the most interest – especially if they have value for genealogical researchers!

Editor’s Note: While on the NY Times website I looked around a bit and discovered that the newspaper has a webpage devoted to the topic of the “Civil War” and another devoted to “Genealogy.”  Are there “other” topic pages that might be of interest to genealogists?  If so, please post a comment to let us know!

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