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From conciliation to conquest; the sack of Athens and the court-martial of Colonel John B. Turchin.

9780817315269

From conciliation to conquest; the sack of Athens and the court-martial of Colonel John B. Turchin.

Bradley, George C. and Richard L. Dahlen.

U. of Alabama Press

2006

297 pages

$45.00

Hardcover

E467

Using the court martial trial of Union general John B. Turchin as a window into the topic, this work analyzes the evolution of the North's policies towards civilians in the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The trial revolved around the sacking of Athens, Alabama by Union forces at a time when the official policy towards Southern civilians rested upon the idea of conciliation. In addition to examining these events and the trial itself, the volume explores such issues as maintaining discipline amongst volunteer forces, the ability to maintain conciliatory policy in the face of an occupied hostile population, and the national debate over occupation policy.

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