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By George C. Bradley

In the summertime of 1862, the U.S. military courtroom martialed Colonel John B. Turchin, a Russian-born Union officer, for "outrages" dedicated through his troops in Athens, Alabama. via smooth criteria, the outrages have been minor: shops looted, safes cracked, and houses vandalized. there has been one documented act of private violence, the rape of a tender black lady. The pillage of Athens violated a central authority coverage of conciliation; it used to be was hoping that if Southern civilians have been taken care of lightly as electorate of the U.S., they might quickly go back their allegiance to the federal government.By following Turchin to Athens and studying the volunteers who made up his strength, the colonel's trial, his next advertising, the coverage debate, and the general public response to the result, the authors extra remove darkness from essentially the most provocative questions in Civil conflict experiences: how did the coverage set forth by way of President Lincoln evolve from considered one of conciliation to 1 way more glossy in nature, putting the load of struggle at the civilian inhabitants of the South?

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Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 8 At West Point on July 26, they drilled before Brevet Lieutenant General Win¤eld Scott and the commandant of cadets, Lieutenant Colonel William J. Hardee, the authors of the books on close-order drill. ” They all had matching haircuts, moustaches, and goatees. First Ellsworth put them through their own specialized routine, each man bearing a knapsack weighing twenty-¤ve pounds.

You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 20 / Chapter 2 A similar rampage was reported in July at the town of Vaæ. Of¤cial Russian military code forbade looting and the mistreatment of unarmed civilians. 8 Even with Cossacks to be blamed, young of¤cers like Turchininoff learned a larger lesson about the nature of war and the treatment of civilians when some of them decided to play beyond acceptable bounds.

Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. The Men / 39 only time in history, Elmer became a common name for newborn boys. In Ellsworth’s hometown of Mechanicsville, New York, a group of young men playing ball heard the news of his death, immediately quit the game, and enlisted as a group. In New York City, a new regiment, Ellsworth’s Avengers, came together in a matter of days. 34 It has been said, “It only takes a year to take a man out of civilian life .

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