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Curmudgeons, Drunkards, and Outright Fools: Courts-Martial of Civil War Union Colonels

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During the Civil War, a Union colonel was five times more likely to be court-martialed than a private. Worse, courts-martial of all ranks increased by 400 percent in the winter months. Among the court-martialed transgressors presented in this volume are an officer nicknamed “Stumpy” because he tended to hide behind tree stumps during combat and a man tried for calling his superior a “miserable reptile.” The gallery of offenders also includes a Vermont colonel who became a chloroform addict and a New York colonel who rode his horse into a barroom, ordered a brandy for himself and one for his horse, then fired his pistol through the ceiling. The stories of fifty misdeeds, along with a statistical exploration of twenty-two thousand other courts-martial, provide a pioneering study of the little-known world of Civil War misbehavior and clarify the often-bewildering dynamics between volunteer soldiers and their professional superiors.

About the Author

Thomas P. Lowry is a retired associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of several books, including The Story the Soldiers Wouldnt Tell: Sex in the Civil War and The Civil War Bawdy Houses of Washington D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803280243
Subtitle:
The Courts-Martial of Civil War Union Colonels
Foreword:
Davis, William C.
Foreword:
Davis, William C.
Author:
Lowry, Thomas P.
Author:
Davis, William C.
Publisher:
Bison Books
Subject:
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Trials (military offenses)
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 photographs, 2 graphs, index
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.85 lb

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