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Parting Company

Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 10:57 AM
In 1861 the population of the U.S. was about 31 million. Of that number at least half were women so say 16 million. Of those probably 1/3 were either to young or to old to fight. that lease about 5 million. Out of that maybe 2 million actually fought. This is a guess but I don't think it's to far off. 600,000 out of 2 million is 30 percent of the soldiers died. Most wars that would be considered losing badly. At very best a pyrrhic victory.
Moonbat Exterminator Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:06 PM
That casualty rate was not that unusual fo the time the war was fought. Both sides used Napoleonic tactics of massed infantry charges, which fel behind technologial advances in eaponry. In paricular, cannister shot artilery, rifled muskets and mniball ammunition were particularly devastating.
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:12 PM
Actually... artillery, mortars and especially the Gatling gun made all the difference. They forever changed the method for which that war was fought... especially after Gettysburg which was but half way to the war's conclusion.
Texas Cuernos Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 2:53 PM
Over 415,000 died of disease, etc., rather than from enemy action. The Gatling gun was hardly used during the war, the federal government having bought none of them until 1866 when they had been improved. None were at Gettysburg. Custer, a veteran of that war, declined to take his GGs to the Little Bighorn where they might have turned the tide.
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 11:45 AM
CK... you are not that far off... however for further clarity read my post above.
For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.

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