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Civil War by far the deadliest for U.S.

It used to be said that there were more U.S. military deaths in the Civil War than in all the other major wars combined. Is that true?

It's not far off. According to It's not far off. According to Defense Department statistics, the total U.S. military deaths in wars/conflicts _ not including the Civil War _ numbered 640,504. This included the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the ongoing fighting in Iraq (the latter as of Sept. 7).

For the Civil War, the Defense Department lists 364,511 Union forces killed; World Book Encyclopedia lists an estimated 260,000 Confederate forces killed. Total: 624,511.

Defense Department information: www.dior.whs.mil/mmid/casualty /WCPRINCIPAL.pdf.

Reporter's background

Is Mika Brzezinski, a CBS News reporter, the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, former President Carter's national security adviser?

Yes. The 37-year-old has been a CBS correspondent; anchor and reporter at MSNBC; anchor of Up to the Minute on CBS; substitute anchor for CBS News With John Roberts; and contributor to many "Eye on America" features on CBS Evening News With Dan Rather.

She began her TV career in 1990 as a desk assistant at ABC's World News This Morning before moving to WITC-TV and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn.

Have a question about the news? Colin Bessonette will try to get an answer. Call (404) 222-2002 or write to him at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, P.O. Box 4689, Atlanta, GA 30302, or e-mail him at q&aajc.com.

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