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.