Switzerland, Swiss history, European history
The Civil War is still regarded as the most devastating conflict in the history of the United States. Military operations , largely as an outcome of Union policies, laid waste to huge sections of the country, including the virtual destruction of several states including Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, and South Carolina. 1 This caused much suffering among the innocent, the weak, and many other noncombatants. The number of civilians who lost their lives directly or indirectly from the war is difficult to calculate accurately, but the finally tally would have to be in the tens of thousands.
"Henry Wirz and the Tragedy of Andersonville: A Question of Responsibility,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 50:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol50/iss3/2