This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
America’s old garrets and gables are haunted by 130,000 more ghosts than we thought, it appears.
That’s roughly how many soldiers have been recently added to the rolls of Civil War dead through one historian’s painstaking analysis of old census records.
Union and Confederate combat deaths have long been calculated as 618,222, a figure derived from battle reports and regimental records. J. David Hacker of Binghamton University in New York, whose specialty is demographics, got suspicious about that number and starting poring over differences between the 1860 and 1870 censuses.
His conclusion: …