A presentation, Decision-Making in the British Military Justice Process by William P. Tatum III, Ph.D,will be held on April 11th at Siena College near Albany.
Contrary to popular stereotypes, the British military justice system of the Revolutionary War-era employed a complicated process, with multiple layers of courts and enforcement. Much as with contemporary civilian justice, an accused individual could enter the system at any one of these levels. Ultimately, the fate of both officers and soldiers charged with military misconduct depended on the individual decisions of commanding officers and courts martial judges. This presentation will chart the formal structure of the British Military Justice System and the decisions through which officers determined where military personnel would enter and leave it.
Will Tatum received his BA in History and Anthropology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2003, and his MA and PhD from Brown University in 2004 and 2016 respectively. He is the author of several articles and book chapters on the history of the eighteenth-century British Army. His primary research interest is in the workings of the British military justice system and its connections with the British state during the eighteenth century. The work he is presenting on this evening is excerpted from his current book project, the working title of which is A Proper Submission: Military Justice and Governance in Britain and the Empire, 1715-1783. Tatum also serves as the Dutchess County Historian, a post he has held since 2012.
The event starts at 6:30 pm with time for socializing and networking followed by the program at 7 pm. The event will be held at Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, in the Roger Bacon Building, Room 202, also known as Key Auditorium. Parking is free, park in Lots L, F or G.
Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. There will also be a book sale – cash, check or credit cards are accepted. To register, provide your names(s), telephone number in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (518) 774-5669.
This event is presented by The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys and Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution.
Painting of British Military provided by American Revolution Round Table.