People lie but numbers don't.
The old saying applies more in some cases than in others. The quantification of Civil War deaths will demonstrate or at least indicate committment to the war. The North Carolina Office of Archives and History recently announced that they are counting NC Civil War dead. Their findings are destined to create a lot of attention.
I have documented almost 6,000 dead Confederates from the 21 westernmost counties of North Carolina. I did not count Union deaths but noted that many died of desease. Most of the Union soldiers had previously served in the Confederate Army.
It should be noted that the Associated Press August 10, 2010 article states that the Office will be "looking at the records of more than 140,000 men." The final result are bound to yield new clues to understanding the past.