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CIVIL WAR JUSTICE: Union Army Executions under Lincoln

Alotta, Robert I.

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ISBN 10: 0942597109 / ISBN 13: 9780942597103
Published by White Mane Publishing Company, Inc., Shippensburg, PA, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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234 pp. Original dark blue cloth covers w/ gilt title on spine. Very bright and clean. DJ lightly rubbed. Illust. w/ b/w photos. Contents very nice. Bookseller Inventory # 12184LIN

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Title: CIVIL WAR JUSTICE: Union Army Executions ...

Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Inc., Shippensburg, PA

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition

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Describes the military system regarding executions during the Civil War, and discusses errors in the government's records of who was executed and why

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There is a wealth of interesting material in this book, betokening much painstaking research. Mr. Alotta analyzes every re, corded military execution in the Union army during President Lincoln's administration, including a significant number not reflected in the official government report on the subject. After a general discussion of the relevant sections of the military codes and the way in which the draconian rules governing capital offenses were understood and applied--or, frequently, misunderstood and misapplied-by field commanders, the author investigates various aspects of military executions during the Civil War. Although this monograph throws valuable light on its subject by considering army executions by type of offense, spatial and temporal distribution, racial affinities of the culprits, and detailed case histories of almost 250 court-martials, it fails to live up to some of the proniises made in the Preface and Introduction. For example, the Preface states that the book is "a factual account of how Lincoln's lack of management skills, his vacillation in regard to military decisions, and his complete disregard for the Constitution caused the deaths of many Union soldiers." In fact, there is very little discussion of these premises in the text, and no attempt to prove the assertions rigorously. -- From Independent Publisher

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