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This photo was taken at a Civil War re-enactment held annually in Estacada Oregon. It is a remarkable event to witness as the folks that put these together and portray the soldiers go through a tremendous amount of work. It all feels very real as they commemorate a terrible era in the American history.
The American Civil War, also known as the War between the States or simply the Civil War, was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 between the United States, the Union or the North and several Southern slave states that had declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America, the Confederacy or the South. The war had its origin in the fractious issue of slavery, and, after four years of bloody combat, mostly in the South, the Confederacy was defeated, slavery was abolished, and the difficult Reconstruction process of restoring unity and guaranteeing rights to the freed slaves began.
The American Civil War was one of the earliest true industrial wars. Railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively. The mobilization of civilian factories, mines, shipyards, banks, transportation and food supplies all foreshadowed World War I. It remains the deadliest war in American history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 750,000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilian casualties. Historian John Huddleston estimates the death toll at ten percent of all Northern males 20 to 45 years old, and 30 percent of all Southern white males aged 18 to 40.
October 26th, 2012
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