Big time Civil War enthusiast here, but by no means a professional. How many of those 8k died of their wounds, or disease, that would have spared them otherwise? No expert here, but I'll wager it was way more than 8k. It was a stupid and unnecessary necessary war. I live in VA and to a degree we're still fighting it so many years later., even on adv.com. Original sins die hard, and the minds of the closed minded living will not be changed.