In Honor to Soldiers, Their Mothers, Wives, and Daughters

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On the highest hillock in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana, stands a monument and cannon to those who served in the Civil War. The column rests on a four-sided plinth. Two sides have bas-reliefs of eagle, flag, and shield.

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The other two sides have the following inscriptions:

IN MEMORY

OF THE

MOTHERS, WIVES,

AND DAUGHTERS

FROM 1861 – 1865

IN MEMORY

OF THE

SOLDIERS

OF THE

CIVIL WAR

IN PIKE Co.

No other war was like the American Civil War for Americans because every sailor or soldier, every collateral death, every field or railway yard that was destroyed, every city or town devastated by artillery was American.  And, more Americans were killed in the Civil War than any other war that Americans have fought in.

Total American Deaths by War

Civil War                        625,000

World War II                  405,399

World War I                   116,516

Vietnam                            58,151

Korean War                      36,516

Revolutionary War           25,000

War of 1812                      20,000

Mexican American War    13,283

War on Terror                      6,280

Spanish American War       4,196

During the Civil War Americans were fighting against Americans. Brothers against brothers—cousins against cousins, every casualty and every fatality was an American. The war tore the country apart and threatened the existence of the Republic.  Cemeteries throughout the United States pay tribute to the soldiers that fought to preserve the Union, often with special sections where soldiers are buried.

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