As part of my current research i've been working on a set of two registers containing summaries of General Regimental Courts Martial held between 1812 and 1829. There are no trial transcripts in the document, just the name, rank and regiment of each soldier, along with the date and place of trial, and a short summary of charge and sentence. Yet somehow, in these cursory, almost terse summaries, there are fascinating glimpses into the lives of individual soldiers.
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Posted on September 3, 2011 at 16:30 — 9 Comments