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 Posted: Wed Jan 3rd, 2007 10:24 pm
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According to Article 23 of the 1863 Articles of War:
Act. 23. Any officer or soldier who shall be convicted of having advised or persuaded any other officer or soldier to desert the service of the United States, shall suffer death, or such other punishment as shall be inflicted upon him by the sentence of a court-martial.

Now what I really like is that it's not the person who's deserted, but rather the person who encouraged them to do so. Desertion for the person actually doing so, however, was covered under a previous article.

Act. 20. All officers and soldiers who have recieved pay, or have been duly enlisted in the service of the United States, and shall be convicted of having deserted the same, shall suffer death, or such punishment as, by sentence of a court-martial, shall be inflicted.** No officer or soldier in the army of the United States shall be subject to punishment of death, for desertion in time of peace. -- Act-29th May, 1830
Now the question of just how many actually were put to death for desertion is up for question, especially when you look at the fact that both articles say death or some other punishment inflicted by the court-martial hearing. A different punishment for desertion would to literaly be branded a deserter. In otherwords, a red hot iron with the letter D on it would be placed against the deserter's cheek, forehead, or hip to forever mark their crime. Better than death, but only because you'd be alive afterwards. Course it would sure hurt to all ******* and would be better on the hip cause then you could at least cover it up with your clothes.



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