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According to the best available estimates from both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, an officer had a 15 percent higher chance of being killed in battle than an enlisted man. And a general’s chance of being killed in battle: about 50 percent higher.
Lesson: No leaders will ever be perceived as true leaders unless they put themselves in harm’s way for their people and their cause.
—Adapted from “Knapsack: A Civil War Digest,” Albert Nofi, North and South.