Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal online about how researchers are revising counts in North Carolina and Virginia of soldiers who died in service during the Civil War: [WSJ]
Also interesting is this opinion by the writer: "The war generally doesn't evoke the same public interest in the North, Midwest and the West as it does in the defeated South, where most of the battles were fought and the land was devastated."
True? If so, it's one of the objectives of the Michigan Sesquicentennial commemoration to alter that situation. Why? For one thing, take a look at the graphic map portraying the count by state and note the (sorrowful) size of the Michigan dot. Relative to population as well, it represents a terrible cost.