Cases Selected "For the Information of Officers of the Militia" [Trials]. Loring, Joseph, Jr., [1767-1838], Defendant. Binney, Amos [1778-1833], Defendant. Howe, Thomas, Defendant. The Militia Reporter; Containing The Trials of Capt. Jos. Loring, Jun. on the Charges of Maj. Davis, Capt. Amos Binney on the Charges of Maj. Osgood, Capt. Thomas Howe on the Charges of Maj. Messinger: Taken from Authentic Documents, For the Information of Officers of the Militia. Boston: Printed by T. Kennard, 1810. 299 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Original publisher boards, recent cloth rebacking, untrimmed edges, black-stamped title and fillets to spine, hinges mended, several signatures unopened. Light soiling and rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to board edges with some wear, corners bumped, owner signature (Albert E. Greene) and a few inkspots to front board. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, library stamps to pp. 9 and 83, recent owner inscription to front free endpaper, early presentation inscription (to Greene from William P. Rogers) to head of title page. $1,250. * Only edition. This is the first and only volume of The Militia Reporter. It contains accounts of three courts-martial, including the notable court-martial of Captain Joseph Loring. "Brigadier General John Winslow accused [Loring] of permitting his men to mutiny by failing to enforce a brigade order to appear on parade in protest of a change in Winslow's rank and command. In 1805 a division court martial acquitted Loring, but Major General Simon Elliot, after asking for a reconsideration of the decision, refused to accept the acquittal and dissolved the court. A second division court martial convened in 1806 found Loring guilty, and ordered him removed and disqualified for military service for three years. In 1807 Loring petitioned the Massachusetts General Court to ask that the decision be invalidated, arguing that it had not been regularly detailed and thus had denied him an impartial trial. The General Court overturned the 1806 decision and ordered Loring reinstated to his former rank and command.": Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13473, note to 13551.
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