NC Civil War death claims under review

Did Tarheel State really lose the most men?

Monday, Aug 9, 2010 8:35 AM
Last updated 8:36 AM
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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A historian is checking the records of North Carolina's Confederate soldiers to determine the accuracy of the state's claim that it lost more men to the Civil War than any other state.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports today that the man-by-man review comes as the state prepares to mark the war's 150th anniversary next year.

Research historian Josh Howard says the North Carolina death count of 40,275 during the Civil War is probably wrong. The historian with the state Office of Archives and History says the number comes from a general's 1866 estimate that was plagued by double-counting and other failings.

That estimate puts North Carolina's death count at more than twice South Carolina's. It suffered the second-highest toll at nearly 17,700.


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KingJames 08/09/10 - 09:50 am
I don't see any significance

I don't see any significance in trying to figure out which state lost the most men during the Civil War. This will not change the fact that each man had strong beliefs and paid the ultimate sacrifice for them. Its been almost 144 years since the original tally of the dead was released with North Carolinians believing they had the distinction of having the most fatalities. Changing that now doesn't seem to really prove anything worthwhile.

CoastalDawg 08/09/10 - 10:40 am
Yeah, exactly what is the

Yeah, exactly what is the point to deciding such a thing? Is there some kind of trophy that comes with "my state had more killed than your state"? Hopefully no tax funds are being paid to this individual to make what he would consider a more accurate count.

pointstoponder 08/09/10 - 12:30 pm
"The historian with the state

"The historian with the state Office of Archives and History..."

I'm guessing State (taxpayer funded) Employee.

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