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Author Carnahan, Burrus M., 1944-

Title Lincoln on trial : southern civilians and the law of war / Burrus M. Carnahan.

Published Louisville : University Press of Kentucky, [2010]


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Physical description 1 online resource (165 pages)
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Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-154) and index.
Contents Introduction : crisis at Baltimore -- "With the law of war in time of war" : applying international law to a civil war -- "Property, both of enemies and friends, may be taken when needed" : seizure and destruction of civilian property -- "Strong measures, deemed indispensable but harsh at best" : retaliation and guerrilla warfare -- "War, at the best, is terrible" : devastation and command responsibility -- "Can you get near enough to throw shells into the city?" : personal injury to civilians -- Conclusion: "Government should not act for revenge."
Summary In light of recent controversies and legal actions related to America's treatment of enemy prisoners in the Middle East and Guantánamo Bay, the regulation of government during wartime has become a volatile issue on the global scene. By today's standards, Lincoln's adherence to the laws of war could be considered questionable, and his critics, past and present, have not hesitated to charge that he was a war criminal. In Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War, Burrus M. Carnahan conducts an extensive analysis of Lincoln's leadership throughout the Civil War as he struggled to ba.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Military leadership.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Ethics.
Civilians in war -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Combatants and noncombatants (International law)
Just war doctrine.
War -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780813173665 (electronic bk.)
0813173663 (electronic bk.)
9780813125695 hardcover alkaline paper
0813125693 hardcover alkaline paper