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Lest we forget this weekend….

During its first 100 years of existence, more than 683,000 Americans lost their lives, with the Civil War accounting for 623,026 of that total (91.2%). Comparatively, in the next 100 years, another 626,000 Americans died through two World Wars and several more regional conflicts (World War 2 representing 65% of that total). Using this comparison, the Civil War might very well be the most costly war that America has ever fought. (Partial Sources: U.S. Army Military History Institute and iCasualties.org)

Summary of Fatalities in Major Conflicts
Revolutionary War (1775-1783) 25,000
World War 2 (1941-1945) 405,399
Korean War (1950-1953) 36,516
Vietnam War (1955-1975) 58,209
Afghanistan (2001-Present) 1,893 (as of 02/2012)
Iraq 2003-2011) 4,484 (as of 02/2012)
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