Friday, March 16, 2012

What The War Department Thinks Of Cowards

Complaint having been made by General Lander of the misconduct of an officer under his command and the matter referred to the Secretary of War, the following instructions were given:

WAR DEPARTMENT, Feb. 13, 1862

If General Lander is satisfied that Col. Anastanzel was guilty of cowardice or misbehavior before the enemy, he may be tried on the spot, or he may be cashiered by his commanding General at the head of his regiment.  The former course is recommended as the preferable one.  Cowardice in an officer, exhibited on the field of battle, should receive the swift punishment of death.

EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 1

See Also:
  •  Skirmish at Blooming Gap,” Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, February 27, 1862, p. 2

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