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By George C. Bradley

ISBN-10: 0817315268

ISBN-13: 9780817315269

In the summertime of 1862, the U.S. military court docket martialed Colonel John B. Turchin, a Russian-born Union officer, for "outrages" devoted by means of his troops in Athens, Alabama. by means of smooth criteria, the outrages have been minor: shops looted, safes cracked, and houses vandalized. there has been one documented act of private violence, the rape of a tender black girl. The pillage of Athens violated a central authority coverage of conciliation; it was once was hoping that if Southern civilians have been handled lightly as voters of the USA, they might quickly go back their allegiance to the federal government.By following Turchin to Athens and studying the volunteers who made up his strength, the colonel's trial, his next promoting, the coverage debate, and the general public response to the end result, the authors additional light up probably the most provocative questions in Civil battle reports: how did the coverage set forth via President Lincoln evolve from one in all conciliation to 1 way more sleek in nature, putting the load of struggle at the civilian inhabitants of the South?

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2 The Man Learn to obey before you command. —Solon of Athens, 638–559 BC Ivan Vasilevitch Turchininoff was born on January 30, 1822, in the Military Province of the Don Cossacks, between the Black and Caspian seas. His father served as a major in the Imperial Russian Army, giving him a place, albeit on a lower rung, in the Russian table of nobility. This, in turn, gave the son entry into the schools that led to his own commission—not an unusual path for of¤cers’ sons, though young Turchininoff did much better at it than most.

22 The more likely cause was that sort of aggressiveness that had made the three captains active in the Zouaves in the ¤rst place, now reignited by the war’s outbreak. They wanted the Zouave ®ame kept alive in a separate, elite unit, a vaulting, lunging regiment that would build on the teachings of Ellsworth. Still short of You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press.

Three United States Army of¤cers sent to observe the war appeared in Poland and at St. Petersburg during the summer of 1855. Dela¤eld (superintendent of West Point from 1838 to 1845) was accompanied by Major Alfred Mordecai and Captain George Brinton McClellan. Each wrote detailed, if myopic, reports praising the Imperial Army. “The example of Russia is a lesson every way entitled to our study and imitation,” advised Dela¤eld. 20 The visiting American of¤cers, guided by the predispositions of their own Regular service, let themselves be awed by the imperial dress parades and the apparent discipline of troops and cadets.

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