Thought for the day

"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.

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The Civil War was certainly the most devastating event in American history. More than 600,000 northern and southern people died in the war, a higher number than all those killed in all other American wars combined. 50,000 people died in a single war. The high death toll particularly hurt the South, which had a small population going to war. Nearly every American lost someone in the war: a friend, relative, brother, son, or father. In fact, the war was so divisive that it completely split some families in two. For example, a US senator had a son who served as a general in the Union Army and another served as a general for the Union. Even the "Great Savior" Abraham Lincoln had four brothers-in-law who fought for the South.