We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In 1864 Lincoln changed generals, and undertook a more aggressive strategy, but the war continued to drag on. A hostile newspaper, wrote, "that perhaps it is time to agree to a peace without victory.” Like Pericles, Lincoln was assailed by attacks on his policies and by personal vituperation. At the Democratic convention in August 1864 a speaker told a crowd in the streets that Lincoln and the Union armies had "Failed! Failed!! FAILED!!! FAILED!!!!" The loss of life ‘has never been seen since the destruction of Sennacherib by the breath of the Almighty and still the monster usurper wants more men for his slaughter pens."
>Total Free 27,489,561
>Total Slave 3,953,760
>Grand Total 31,443,321
So, the guy in the street screaming about loss of life (ok, in Fall of 1864 it wasn't as great as by war's end in Spring 1865) was screaming about the loss of .024 (2.4%) of the American population (675,000 being the accepted final loss).
That's over two of every ten people.
Today, with a 300,000,000 population, that percentage would equal a loss of 7,200,000.
That's about the entire population of today's Virginia or New Jersey.
Good number to keep in mind, re the 'reparations' claim.