October 29, 2011

LINCOLN ON AL-AWLAKI:

Letter from Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont (9/02/1861)

Two points in your proclamation of August 30th give me some anxiety. First, should you shoot a man, according to the proclamation, the Confederates would very certainly shoot our best man in their hands in retaliation; and so, man for man, indefinitely. It is therefore my order that you allow no man to be shot, under the proclamation, without first having my approbation or consent

It is bizarre that folks insist that the notion of killing a US citizen fighting with the enemy in time of war is a case of first impression.

Posted by at October 29, 2011 9:00 PM
  

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