Article in the News and Record re: NC War dead in the ACW.

"Many died fighting, of course. But most died of disease. Still others died from drowning, lightning strikes, suicide, bar fights, train
wrecks, riots, execution for desertion, accidental shootings,
collapsing buildings, insect and snake bites, falls or being run over by

“It ran the whole gamut,” Purser says.

The study also found that:

  • About 2,000 African American and white Tar Heels died in the Union army.
  • No North Carolina women died in the military during the war, although some did disguise themselves as men to serve.
  • No African American died serving in North Carolina’s Confederate ranks, although some historians argue that blacks did fight for the South.

The study still supports the fact that one-third of the state’s men of military age died in the conflict.

“I don’t think it matters if it is 30,000 or 40,000,” Tom Belton, curator of military history and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, says of the outcome. “It’s a significant number of North Carolinians who
gave their lives for a cause they thought was worth dying for.” "

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Comment by Robert Cleary on August 11, 2010 at 8:08pm
Death is death and wether it comes from a bullet, shell or a germ, it is still a sacrifice for country and cause. What I found interesting, based on my reading, it that every war (up to but not including WWII) casualities from illness exceeded casualities on the battle field. I found this fact to be staggering. I read a book on the Influenza outbreak of 1918 and was shocked to hear how this virus had descimated the ranks on both sides of the trenches.

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