By Harvey Tobkes

More Americans died in the four year war conflict known as the American Civil War, than in World War I and World War II combined. And when you consider the time periods and then think about the difference in population, the civil war losses were absolutely devastating to this nation. In my opinion, the recovery we made surpasses the rebuilding miracle made by Japan, after they were hit by 2 atomic bombs at the end of WWII.

The brutal civil war melee not only shaped a generation; the battle lines that were drawn in 1861 can be seen to this day in the nation’s social and political fabric in the North vs South differences in the U.S.

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