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A view of Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay from Fort Moultrie where the first shots were fired to start the Civil War in 1861.  (Photo by Dale Mussen)
A view of Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay from Fort Moultrie where the first shots were fired to start the Civil War in 1861. (Photo by Dale Mussen)
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American Civil War Begins 1861 – Dale’s Daily Data

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the bloodiest four years in American history.  When the American Civil War ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox courthouse in 1865, a combined 620,000 Americans had been killed.  It’s hard to believe but that number is nearly as many American soldiers killed in all the other wars this country has fought combined – World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexican War, Spanish American War….just an incredible number of lives lost….Americans killing Americans. 

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Civil War Veterans in 1921 (Getty Images)
Civil War Veterans in 1921 (Getty Images)
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Civil War Greybeards – Dale’s Daily Data

Some laughed when they showed up.  Some thought it was a joke.  And during the Civil War many regular Union troops thought they’d be a hinderance more than a help.  
They were the soldiers of the 37th Infantry of the United States Army.    They were formed during the Civil War, mainly as a recruiting tool.  The thinking was if these men could perform in combat and general army duties, others would join.  The 37th did better than that. 

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