Friday 56 (2): This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

friday 56Friday 56 (hosted by Freda’s Voice)

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.
republicofsuffering
By the time of Gettysburg a year later, the Union army alone reported 23,000 casualties, including 3,000 killed; Confederate losses are estimated between 24,000 and 28,000; in some regiments, numbers of killed and wounded approached 90 percent. And by the spring of 1864 Grant’s losses in slightly more than a month approached 50,000.
There are a lot of interesting facts in this book. It sounds quite morbid, but it’s really fascinating to learn not about specific battles and strategies, but how the war impacted people by its sheer size of devastation. I’m not even halfway yet, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in history and not just the cursory facts.
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