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Death and the American Civil War  

The Civil War resulted in more deaths than all other American wars combined. Death touched the lives of almost every American during the Civil War. Both North and South witnessed their neighbors and friends mourning their losses. Attitudes towards death changed greatly during the war. American’s notion of a good death where one died at home surrounded by family vanished; instead, families and soldiers had to learn to create a new type of death out of dying on the battlefield and in field hospitals. As a result, new death rituals emerged. In addition, the war brought about great advancements in the funeral industry including embalming.


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