Civil War Death Total

As a follow up to our May topic, here is a small point of interest if you are into the Civil War battles. The Battle of Franklin (Franklin, TN, a small town of 2500 people in mid-state Tennessee) suddenly erupted on Nov. 30, 1864 in mid-afternoon. By nightfall 9200 soldiers (2500 Union and 6700 Confederates, including 6 generals) had died or been badly mangled. In the five hours of battle there were more casualties than in the 19 hours of D-Day and more than twice as many as in Pearl Harbor. Hard to believe.

The book “Widow of the South” by Robert Hicks (a fictional version of a true story, paperback available in our library) describes the aftermath and one woman’s attempt to put closure to this terrible event. A good read.

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