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Visiting Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

During the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, Major General William T. Sherman generally preferred to outmaneuver and outflank his Confederate adversaries rather than attack entrenched positions head on. He made an exception at the Battle on...

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Lieber Code 1863: Section Index

April 24, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Lieber Code: Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field. These are the titles and headings of...

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Lieber Code 1863: Section I

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIELD. SECTION I.–Martial law–Military jurisdiction–Military necessity–Retaliation. 1. A place, district, or country occupied by an enemy stands, in consequence of the occupation,...

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Lieber Code 1863: Section II

SECTION II.–Public and private property of the enemy–Protection of persons, and especially of women; of religion, the arts and sciences–Punishment of crimes against the inhabitants of hostile countries. 31. A victorious army appropriates all...

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Lieber Code 1863: Section III

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIELD. SECTION III.– Deserters — Prisoners of war — Hostages — Booty on the battle-field. 48. Deserters from the American Army, having...

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Lieber Code 1863: Section IV

SECTION IV.–Partisans–Armed enemies not belonging to the hostile army–Scouts–Armed prowlers– War-rebels. 81. Partisans are soldiers armed and wearing the uniform of their army, but belonging to a corps which acts detached from the main...

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Lieber Code 1863: Section V

SECTION V.–Safe-conduct–Spies– War-traitors– Captured messengers– Abuse of the flag of truce. 86. All intercourse between the territories occupied by belligerent armies, whether by traffic, by letter, by travel, or in any other way, ceases....