I don't understand the ref. to the 1952 USMC to Forrest.
Forrest was well known for exceptional prisoner treatment until Pillow.
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>...it strains the imagination to believe that the
Confederates at Fort Pillow did not know that Forrest
had told the world that those who did not surrender
were subject to being murdered.
Irregulars often takeno prisoners, simply because they
don't have the resources to deal with them. Forrest
operated as an irregular, whether he was or not.
It is illegal, since the inception of the USMJ in
1952, to "order" that no quarter to be asked or given
in US forces: that contitutes a violation of Geneva,
and is not a "lawful" order.
Since time immemorial, commanders have treated their
captive foes AS THEY WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN TREATED.
This is why pirates often felt taking prisoners was
pointless, because they expected to be hanged
themselves. Forrest and his merry band had no
facility for taking a lot of prisoners, and didn't
often do it except for propaganda value.
>BTW, to me the real message of "A Few Good Men" was
that the colonel's real crime was his ordering his men
to attack the messy soldier -- and then leaving them
to hang in the wind. He should have protected his men.
The real message of that cinematic disaster is that
Hollywood can't even get a court-marital right, let
alone any character or service representation in it.
All of them were caricatures of real people, the plot
so contrived as to be asinine, and the acting so
heavy-handed as to make the whole mess repugnant.
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
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