RE: Disciplining the Rank & File
Now you have entered my territory of study!!! I am always interested in any new information that can be offered regarding discipline, court martials, and espically provost martial functions.....
While some revlist members do not appreciate her work, I do: accordingly, I recommend Chapter 4 "Crimes and Courts' found in Dr. Sylvia R. Frey's book _The British Soldier in America_ (1981 , Univ. of Texas Press)
It provides some interesting information on discipline of the rank & file.
I also recommend a study of Captain Stephen Adye, the "functioning" judge advocate for the British army in North America. He questioned whether the whip was the most effective method of discipline for soldiers. He is worth the time to research if you are interested in British military justice...
I have the reference somewhere, but can't find it at the moment which notes that King George III ordered no more than 1,000 lashes for a punishment. It had been as many as 2,000. 50 lashes a session administered once a week generally were inflicted. A bucket of salt water often was poured on offender's back after the lashes were administered.....Branding was abolished in 1871 and flogging was replaced with field punishment in 1881.
I also recommend "The Changing Face of British Military Justice 1757-1783" by Arthur N. Gilbert found in "Miitary Affairs" 49, April 1985, pp. 80-84; "Courts & Cats": British Military Justice in the Eighteenth Century", "Military Affairs" 43, (February 1979) pp. 5-11; and, '"The Great Mischief Complain'd of"' Reflections of the Misconduct of British Soldiers in the Revolutionary War." by Stephen Conway, "William & Mary Quarterly", 47, (Series 3), pp. 370-390. I also recommend checking the web pages of many of the British Army reenactment units since some of them have included court martial information from historical records.
Finally, how can I obtain a copy of "British Military Law: Discipline and the Conduct of Regimental Courts...." ?? I would like to add that article to my British military discipline library!!!!
And so it goes,
Pensioner, 4th Compny. of Guards
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