We always talk about North Carolina’s contributions to the war and the numbers of men who enlisted and died from our state. An interesting set of statistics were recently published on the website of the Civil War Trust. Historians are compiling new records of the casualties of the war so the numbers may change here and there but the sheer magnitude of our losses across the country, Blue or Grey, are still amazing. If we were to lose a proportionate number of men today, it would equal 6 million!
Read our NC Civil War 150 “Death Study” article on our Department’s research.
The Battle of Antietam reigns as our country’s single bloodiest day but it’s interesting to see that the second bloodiest day was 9/11 –a day of sadness that many of us remember well.
Reflect on what you felt on 9/11 and then ratchet it up to consider the fears, losses, and depression facing our Civil War predecessors……