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Tag: civil war

April
5th

The American bloodbath now looks even bloodier

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:

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March
19th

After 10 years of war, the Army looks due for relief

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Individual soldiers have their breaking points. So do armies.

We don’t know the story behind a staff sergeant’s alleged massacre of Afghan villagers March 11, but it’s reasonable to assume he was not a paragon of mental health. The fact that he was on his fourth combat deployment may have had something to do with that.

The entire U.S. Army might be described as on its fourth deployment – or fifth, or eighth – since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq broke out, respectively, in 2001 and 2003. It’s hardly facing collapse, but symptoms of stress – such as a spiking suicide rate – are all too evident. Read more »