COVID-19 has Killed More Americans Than the Civil War Rebels Did
The U.S. death toll is closing in on 150,000
More Americans have died of COVID-19 than Union soldiers were killed on the battlefield during the Civil War. It’s a sobering statistic that comes at a time when Confederate statues are being toppled across the country.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus was 147,828 and rising as of Monday morning, according to the latest NBC News tally.
By contrast, 140,414 Union soldiers fell while fighting rebel forces led by Confederate generals like Stonewall Jackson and racist politicians like Jefferson Davis. Their effigies are now being evicted from the public square as part of the nationwide wave of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who suffocated in May beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.
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