The Confederates had fired the first shot. A war had begun that no one imagined would last four years and cost greater than six hundred thousand lives-more than the cumulative total of all our other wars, from the Revolution to Iraq. The devastation and sacrifice would reach into every community, into almost every family, in a nation of 31.5 million. In proportion to today's population, the number of deaths would exceed five million.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The human cost of the Civil War
From Team of Rivals, page 346: