In the closing days of 1862 just three weeks before emancipation the administration of abraham lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for us armies it announced standards of conduct in wartime concerning torture prisoners of war civilians spies and slaves that shaped . Get this from a library lincolns code the laws of war in american history john fabian witt frank and virginia williams collection of lincolniana mississippi state university. In lincolns code the laws of war in american history john fabian witt looks at the history of american engagement with the idea that the brutality of war should be limited by humanitarian rules. John fabian witt john fabian witt is allen h duffy class of 1960 professor of law at yale law school he writes in the history of american law and in torts including lincolns code the laws of war in american history free press september 2012 patriots and cosmopolitans hidden histories of american law harvard university press 2007 . By attempting to make sense of the history of laws of war in american lincolns code is a from the founding fathers to abraham lincoln
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