President Lincoln and Southern Civilians
Professor Burrus Carnahan addressed the charge currently prevalent in some circles that President Lincoln was a war criminal, primarily due… read more
Professor Burrus Carnahan addressed the charge currently prevalent in some circles that President Lincoln was a war criminal, primarily due to the suffering of civilians during the Civil War. He examined changes in laws of conduct for waging war, what standards President Lincoln upheld, and his interactions with his generals. He also responded to questions from members of the audience.
Professor Carnahan, the author of Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), was for twenty years a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force specializing in international law.
“Lincoln on Trial? The President and Military Treatment of Southern Civilians” was a program of the 14th Annual Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium, “The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship,” sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Foundation for the National Archives at the National Archives at College Park. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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