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Lieber Code of 1863: Section VI

SECTION VI.–Exchange of prisoners–Flags of truce–Flags of protection. 105. Exchanges of prisoners take place–number for number–rank for rank–wounded for wounded–with added condition for added condition–such, for instance, as not to serve for a certain...

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Lieber Code of 1863: Section VII

SECTION VII.–The parole. 119. Prisoners of war may be released from captivity by exchange, and, under certain circumstances, also by parole. 120. The term parole designates the pledge of individual good faith and honor...

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Lieber Code of 1863: Section VIII

SECTION VIII.–Armistice–Capitulation. 135. An armistice is the cessation of active hostilities for a period agreed between belligerents. It must be agreed upon in writing and duly ratified by the highest authorities of the contending...

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Lieber Code of 1863: Section IX and X

SECTION IX.—Assassination. 148. The law of war does not allow proclaiming either an individual belonging to the hostile army, or a citizen, or a subject of the hostile government an outlaw, who may be...

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The Earp Brothers Union Army Service in the Civil War

The Earp Brothers were among the more famous characters in the Old West, due in large part to the participation of three of the brothers in the October 1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral...

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The 3 Inch Parrot Rifle in the Civil War

Both the Union and Confederate artillery forces used several types of rifled field artillery in the Civil War.  One of the more common rifled field guns was the 3 inch Parrot Rifle, named after...

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The 24th Michigan Infantry at Gettysburg

The 24th Michigan Infantry was organized in the summer of 1862 and joined the Iron Brigade in October of that year after the brigade had been reduced from casualties suffered at the battles of...