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Author Witt, John Fabian.

Title Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history / John Fabian Witt.

Imprint New York : Free Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    343.7301 WIT    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    343.7301 WIT    Available
Description viii, 498 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary "In the fateful closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, Abraham Lincoln's top military advisors commissioned a code of rules to govern the armies of the United States in a newly intensified war effort. The code Lincoln issued the next spring helped shape the remaining two years of Civil War. Its rules on torture, prisoners of war, assassination, and more quickly became foundations of the modern laws of war and today's Geneva Conventions. Yet the hidden story of Lincoln's code, and of the decades of controversy that lay behind it, has never been told. In this masterful and strikingly original history, John Witt charts the alternately troubled and triumphant course of the laws of war in America from the Founding Founders to the dawn of the modern era, revealing the history of a code that reshaped the laws of war the world over. Ranging from the Revolution to the War of 1812, from war with Mexico to the Civil War, from Indian wars to the brutal counterinsurgency campaign in the Philippines, Witt tells a story that features presidents as well as men in the throes of battle, one that spans war-makers and pacifists, Indians and slaves. In a time of heated controversy about the nation's conduct in the war on terror, Lincoln's Code is a compelling story of ideals under pressure and a landmark contribution to our understanding of the American experience. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Military leadership.
Military law -- United States -- History.
War -- History.
War and emergency legislation -- United States -- History.
War (International law) -- History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
ISBN 9781416569831 (hardback)
1416569839 (hardback)

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