Wednesday, November 02, 2005

C.B. Forgotston's latest e-mail bulletin contains this graph:
According to the media, what happened in South LA as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are the greatest "natural disaster in U.S. history." Whether the man-made catastrophe in the aftermath of Katrina is the greatest man-made destruction in U.S. history is unknown. My guess is that the Civil War caused more man-made damage in terms of today's dollars and in lives, but it could be close.
Civil war casualties, combined Union and Confederate totals: Combat deaths, 184,594; other deaths, 373,458; wounded, 412,175. Hurricane Katrina deaths: less than 2,000. Financial cost of the civil war, combined Union and Confederate: approximately $45 billion in 1990 dollars, excluding pensions. Katrina's financial impact, as estimated by ISO: $34 billion in property loss. Hard to tell about the financial cost, since definitions and estimations vary widely, but not even remotely close on the human toll.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the Civil War didn't stop any oil production on any of my damn property, did it? And how many people went without cable after the Battle of Baton Rouge? It was like nothing compared to Katrina. Ice trucked to Maryland? Didn't happen ONCE in the war between the states.

11/03/2005 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Schroeder said...

Yeah, and they didn't have to eat MRE's back then either.

Glad you're back!

11/10/2005 06:10:00 PM  

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