Civil War Institute
750,000 and rising. 2.5 percent of the population. Greater than all other American wars combined. No matter how one describes them, the casualties incurred as a result of the American Civil War are nothing short of astounding. To those who study this devastating conflict, the numbers of the fallen can seem old friends, as the cost of great battles such as Antietam or Gettysburg are burned into memory. Yet is it possible that disproportionate emphasis has been placed on the bloody toll of the Civil War? [excerpt]
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Caswell, Bryan G., "Of Causes and Casualties: Safeguarding the Legacy of the American Civil War" (2014). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 43.