Sure to get Civil War buffs buzzing: Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker says that the Civil War took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. Based on a new analysis of census data, Mr. Hacker says the war’s dead numbered about 750,000, which is 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in Civil War History in December.
“The traditional estimate has become iconic. It’s been quoted for the last hundred years or more,” Mr. Hacker says. “If you go with that total for a minute — 620,000 — the number of men dying in the Civil War is more than in all other American wars from the American Revolution through the Korean War combined. And consider that the American population in 1860 was about 31 million people, about one-tenth the size it is today. If the war were fought today, the number of deaths would total 6.2 million.”
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