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Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky

Elizabeth D. Leonard


Joseph Holt, the stern, brilliant, and deeply committed Unionist from Kentucky, spent the first several months of the American Civil War successfully laboring to maintain Kentucky's loyalty to the Union, then went on to serve as President Lincoln's judge advocate general. This book offers a full-scale biography of Holt, who has long been overlooked and misunderstood by historians and students of the war. In his capacity as the administration's chief arbiter and enforcer of military law, Holt strove tenaciously, often against strong resistance, to implement Lincoln's wartime policies, including ... More

Keywords: Joseph Holt, Unionist, Kentucky, American Civil War, President Lincoln, judge advocate general, military law, wartime policies, emancipation, Lincoln's assassination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835005
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869383_leonard


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth D. Leonard, author