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"Sorrowful Revenge by Firing Squad", by Howard Mann
Posted by: Bruce Martin (ID *****4783) Date: March 06, 2012 at 17:32:15
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Gratiot Street Military Prison; October, 1864: Seven Rebel POW's were randomly selected and executed in retaliation of alleged murders of one Union Major and six men of his command. None of the Confederates were involved in the incident.

President Lincoln had issued an order that one Confederate be killed for each Union soldier killed. Under the Articles of War of today's Geneva Convention, that treatment of POW's would be a Wrongful Death War Crime.

Major Enoch O. Wolf; Pvt. Harvey H. Blackburn; Pvt. George T. Bunch; Pvt. James W. Gates; Pvt. Asa V. Ladd; Pvt. Charles W. Minnekin; Pvt. John A. Nicholds

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