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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2008 04:55 pm
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I don't know all the rules of engagement that applied during the Civil War, but am asking---not argung---the Charleston 600 as POWS were non-combatants, but were they classified as civilians? Does a POW automatically become a civilian or does he enter a kind of limbo between civilian and active duty military and if is the latter case, what rules of engagement apply to him?

Sherman also ran into a similar situation with Confederate  POWS outside Savannah in 1864 when he employed them to find and disarm land mines laid by Hardee's forces.

This is also a question about civilian staus of the returning ex- POWS returning to their homes on the Sultana. Were they, in fact, civilians at the time of the explosion or were they still military?

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