Date of Award

Spring 1979

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Peter C. Stewart

Committee Member

James L. Bugg, Jr.

Committee Member

James R. Sweeney

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 J67


The purpose of this paper is to study the political and legal implications of the shooting of a Union officer, 2nd Lieutenant Alanson C. Sanborn, by Dr. David Minton Wright, a Norfolk physician, on July 11, 1863 in that city. Dr. Wright, who was tried and found guilty by a military commission, appealed his conviction to President Abraham Lincoln, who denied it. The author, with the use of primary and secondary sources, raises the issue of several problems encountered by Americans during the Civil War such as civil liberties, the role of Negro troops, and the problems of administration of occupied southern cities.


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