Neely says torture was used during Lincoln era

A nationally recognized scholar and author on Abraham Lincoln tackled the difficult subject of civil liberties during wartime Sunday during the Town and Gown program at Schomburg Auditorium.

“There was torture under the administration of Abraham Lincoln,” said Dr. Mark Neely Jr., professor of history at Penn State University. “At the time of the Civil War there was a loose idea of the laws and customs of war, so it’s unclear if the torture was illegal.”

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