For 110 years, history books have always stated that 618,222 men died in the U.S. 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.
The new figure is already winning acceptance from scholars.
You can read more in an article by Guy Gugliotta in the New York Times at http://goo.gl/sv8uh.
My thanks to Larry Head, Jr. for telling me about this story.
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