Thought for the day

"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them"." -- Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

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.