Ungentlemanly Acts: the Army's Notorious Incest Trial

By: Barnett, Louise

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In April 1879, on a remote military base in Texas, Captain Andrew Geddes, a decorated Army officer of dubious moral reputation, faced a court-martial. The trial unearthed shocking tales of seduction, incest, and abduction. This happened in the post-Civil War period, when Americans were striving to define their moral codes anew. The highest figure in the United States Army, General Sherman, got involved, and made it his personal mission to se that Geddes was punished for his crimes. But what had he actually done? Geddes had accused a fellow officer, Louis Orleman, of incest with his teenage daughter Lillie. The Army quickly charged not Orleman but Geddes with "conduct unbecoming a gentleman, " for his accusation had come about because Orleman was preparing to charge Geddes with attempting to seduce and abduct the same young lady. This is a suspenseful narrative of a very important trial and a study of the then prevailing attitudes toward sexuality parental discipline, the Army, and the division between public and private life. 287 pages with several pages of photographs and an index. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

Title: Ungentlemanly Acts: the Army's Notorious Incest Trial

Author: Barnett, Louise

Categories: American h,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., Hill & Wang Pub: 2000

ISBN: 0809073978

ISBN 13: 9780809073979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket

Seller ID: 001392