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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2013 04:12 pm
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Texas Defender

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  Sadly, the problem of friendly fire continues to the current day, in spite of increasingly sophisticated communications methods. In the First Gulf War, there were a number of incidents that might have resulted in as many as 35 U.S. combat deaths out of the 148 that took place. It is also thought by many that fire from U.S. forces killed more British soldiers in that war than the Iraqis did. It is known that American A-10 aircraft destroyed two British armored personnel carriers, killing nine soldiers.

  In the Civil War, there were many incidents, most of which will never be known. There were five generals that were known to have been (or thought to have been) killed by friendly fire. On the Union side, there were Jesse Reno at South Mountain, and Thomas Williams at Baton Rouge. On the Confederate side, there were Albert S. Johnston at Shiloh, Micah Jenkins at the Wilderness, and of course, Thomas J. Jackson at Chancellorsville.

  Here is a source that is devoted to examining friendly fire incidents during the Civil War. I have not read it, so I can't characterize it as being good, bad, or ugly.

eHistory at OSU | eReview: Friendly Fire In The Civil War

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