Tuesday, September 18, 2012
...I hope we never have another president this good!
Let’s try to get some perspective on the enormous casualties produced by the war.
We just finished a 9-year war in Iraq and lost just over 4000 outstanding Americans. At Cold Harbor alone, Grant lost 7000 killed in a half an hour.
At Sharpsburg 24,000 casualties in one day, Chickamauga over 30,000 in two days, Gettysburg over 54,000 in three days.
The latest research estimates 750,000 soldiers killed and “conservatively”, another 50,000 Southern civilians. That’s more than all other American wars put together from the Revolution to today.
The current US population is ten times greater than it was in 1861. A perspective of how those casualties look in today’s numbers, we would have had eight (8) million dead Americans and multiple millions more maimed for life.
Ya gotta be a damn good president to do that and save the Union too, without any attempts at diplomacy…maybe the best ever…or the most arrogant.
Photo: Dead Soldiers in the Wheatfield Near Emmittsburg Road - Gettysburg PA, July 1863