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By Burrus M. Carnahan

In mild of modern controversies and criminal activities with regards to America's therapy of enemy prisoners within the heart East and Guantánamo Bay, the law of presidency in the course of wartime has develop into a risky factor at the worldwide scene. via modern day criteria, Lincoln's adherence to the legislation of warfare may be thought of questionable, and his critics, earlier and current, haven't hesitated to cost that he used to be a conflict felony. In Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the legislation of War, Burrus M. Carnahan conducts an intensive research of Lincoln's management in the course of the Civil struggle as he struggled to stability his personal humanity opposed to the calls for of his generals. Carnahan in particular scrutinizes Lincoln's behavior towards Southerners in gentle of the overseas felony criteria of his time because the president wrestled with matters that incorporated bombardment of towns, collateral harm to civilians, seizure and destruction of estate, pressured relocation, and the slaughter of hostages. Carnahan investigates a variety of historic fabrics from money owed of the Dahlgren raid to the voices of Southern civilians who bore the brunt of in depth wartime destruction. via research of either historical and smooth criteria of habit in instances of warfare, a sobering but sympathetic portrait of 1 of America's such a lot respected presidents emerges.

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