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In Case Any Misunderstanding Shall Arise: The Law of War in the Exchange of Prisoners in the American Civil War

Condro, Charles
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Condro, Charles
Advisor
Condro, Charles
Abstract
In July 1862, military representatives from the United States and the Confederacy signed a cartel agreeing to the exchange and parole of prisoners during the American Civil War. By 1863, however, that agreement was in shambles, and more than 50,000 soldiers would die in prisoner-of-war camps by the end of the conflict. This paper analyzes the decisions made by both sides through the lens of a contemporaneous understanding of the law of war. Although proponents of the Lost Cause would argue after the War that the United States was responsible for the deaths of those prisoners by halting the exchange, applying nineteenth- century law of war theory uncovers just how unclear the understanding of those issues was at the time. This paper will show that the lack of clarity combined with several misapplications of less-disputed theories in the law of war by the Confederacy suggests shifting blame away from the United States government.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, MA (Master of Arts), 2019
Published Date
2019-05-03
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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