Noted scholar Burrus M. Carnahan resolves this question in Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War, examining the president's reactions to the treatment and mistreatment of Southern civilians by Union forces. This stylishly written work departs from previous studies by framing the issue from Lincoln's perspective. Carnahan's thorough examination of the president's war policies offers new insights regarding his wartime behavior and his character.
Developing an intimate portrait of the American president, Carnahan allows other questions to surface. What information was available to Lincoln, when did he receive it, and how did he react to the knowledge? Carnahan's perceptive analysis of critical issues such as the bombardment of cities, collateral damage to civilians, and the execution of hostages places Lincoln's decisions in their proper context. Carnahan also investigates a wide range of historical materials, from accounts of the Dahlgren raid to the voices of Southern civilians who bore the brunt of extensive wartime destruction.
Instead of issuing the late president a verdict of guilty or not guilty, Carnahan carefully considers the differences in historical and modern standards of war. Lincoln on Trial documents President Lincoln's policies toward Southerners, offering readers a unique glimpse of nineteenth-century warfare as well as the greatest president.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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"