Merciful Lincoln The President and Military Justice
Over a thousand notes in Lincoln's own hand lay undiscovered for over 150 years. Here, in a never-before published compilation, is the story of each Lincoln opinion. The Union army had over 75,000 courts-martial. The most controversial 1,100 came to Lincoln for a final decision. Would this man live or die? Would this officer be booted out in disgrace or given another chance? Did Lincoln mellow, become more merciful, as the war progressed? How did his clemency compare with that of Jefferson Davis? All these questions are answered by full Lincoln quotes and rigorous statistical analysis. Aspects of the war, hidden for generations, come to light here. 2010, BookSurge Publishing, 236p.
Ralph H. Peters: No other Civil War author and researcher of this generation has done more to ground our knowledge in documented facts than Thomas Lowry. Having read every one of his books--in addition to using them as research tools for my "by Owen Parry" novels--I continue to be in awe of the author's diligence and devotion to his subject. This time around--in yet another valuable book--Lowry demonstrates how the Great Emancipator was also a great and merciful man when it came to understanding the human dimensions of war. He never saw the common man as the enemy, and showed more understanding for the common soldier than did his generals. I regard this book as an indispensible addition to any Civil War library... as are all of Lowry's diverse and uniformly essential books on this subject. I know of no author who has done greater service in the field of Civil War studies--and the often-astonishing facts he surfaces in his original-source research adds dimensions to our understanding that makes better known authors appear dull and amateurish. Very strongly recommended.