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American Civil War death toll climbs by 130,000
University of Akron editor of "Civil War History" says the number lends context to how widespread the pain was 
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
Part of the Civil War memorial on Cleveland's Public Square. New research says the death toll was 750,000, not the 620,000 figure that has been accepted.
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For better than 100 years, the accepted toll from the Civil War has been 620,000 American deaths. Now, research published by the journal “Civil War History” says – horrific as that count was – it was far lower than the reality. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with the editor of the journal, University of Akron history professor Lesley Gordon, about the new numbers and their meaning.

Gordon on the meaning behind the numbers

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This was such a fascinating story, I had to share it with my husband, who is a Civil War buff. Thank you!


Posted by: Kay (Northfield, OH) on May 31, 2012 11:05AM
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