|Divided loyalties to the Union and Confederacy
caused family rifts. Mary Todd Lincoln’s brother,
George Todd, was a Confederate Surgeon. He
once called Abraham Lincoln “one of the greatest
|Sons, brothers, cousins, uncles, fathers. As a
percentage of the population, Civil War deaths
exceeded US deaths in the Revolutionary War,
WWI, WWII and Vietnam wars, combined.
|Many remains were unidentified. Before battle,
some men wrote their names and addresses on
paper and pinned it to their back in case they
needed to be identified after death.
|“I respectfully inform you” – this letter arrived to
the fallen soldier’s commanding officer in March
1863, five months after his death. Notifying the
family would take even longer.
|Lincoln was assasinated in 1865, less that two
years after the Gettysburg Address.