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Why Didn't the North Hang Some Rebels?

The Postwar Debate over Punishment for Treason

William Blair

37 pages
Marquette University Press
Author Bio

William Blair is Professor of Middle American History at Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Richards Civil War Era Center. Dr. Blair is founding editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era, published by the University of North Carolina Press. He is the recipient of the Distinction in the Humanities Award, Pennsylvania State University, and the Philip S. Klein Award for Pennsylvania History, and was named a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

In addition to numerous articles and chapters in books, Blair has written Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914 and Virginia’s Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865. Blair also co-edited Lincoln’s Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered (with Karen F. Younger) and “Friend or Foe: Treason and the Second Confiscation Act,” in Wars within Wars, (Gary W. Gallagher and Joan Waugh).