It was a vicious war, of that there is no doubt.
Father against son, brother against brother, it ripped families apart.
Trouble was, both sides were convinced God was on their side and I think the wounds will be there for generations to come.
As for the carnage, it was unbelievable. Some years ago, we were on holiday in Virginia and we visited several civil war battlefields. One displayed a Confederate surgeon's tool kit and pride of place was a bloody great hacksaw used for limb amputations - without anesthetic of any sort.
P.S. Thanks for the other link Quickdraw - I might just be watching Gone With the Wind again this weekend.