1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 27, 2021 2:23 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Antebellum court martial cases

    Pamela Maddock Newbie

      How many US Army officers were court-martialed in the1850s? How common was it for the army to court martial officers in the Mexican War and the decade that followed? I am studying a particular case from 1853 that involved 10 officers hearing testimony for 28 days, and I'm trying to figure out how unusual this was.

        • Re: Antebellum court martial cases
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Maddock,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Court Martial Case Files, 12/1800 - 10/1894 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153). We also located a total of 38 record series with records related to courts martial from the 1850s in various record groups. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!