Articles of War


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Articles of War

Codes created to prescribe the manner in which the Armed Services of a nation are to be governed.

For example, the Uniform Code of Military Justice is an article of war applied to the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, and the Air Force of the United States.

Cross-references

Military Law.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ARTICLES OF WAR. The name commonly given to a code made for the government of the army. The act of April 10, 1806, 2 Story's Laws U. S. 992, contains the rules and articles by which the armies of the United States shall be governed. The act of April 23, 1800, 1 Story's L. U. S. 761, contains the rules and regulations for the government of the navy of the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The "Articles of War for the Government of the Armies of the Confederate States" (commonly known as the "Confederate Articles of War") specified that "All officers and Soldiers who have received pay, or have been duly enlisted in the services of the Confederate States, and shall be convicted of having deserted the same, shall suffer death, or such other punishment as, by sentence of a court-martial, shall be inflicted." (7) The "General Orders of the War Department Embracing the Years 1861, 1862, and 1863" directed that those men convicted of desertion were "to be shot to death with musketry, at such time and place as the commanding general may direct." (8)
revising the Articles of War through the Selective Service Act of 1948,
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(14) The 1942 Presidential Military Order and subsequent trial had been affirmed 8-0 by the Supreme Court, (15) but the 1942 order was based on the 1920 Articles of War, which were amended by the 1948 Articles of War and then superseded by the 1950 Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
His careful distinctions among the Articles of War, the laws of war, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, presidential orders, and so forth illuminate many important aspects of the relationships among the president's and Congress' responsibilities, limitations, and powers.
Ex parte Milligan was, of course, a case involving "a citizen in civil life, in nowise connected with the military service...." (7) The decisions from the World War II era, especially Ex parte Quirin (8) and In re Yamashita, (9) pointed in one direction (10)--that existing Articles of War legislation had authorized military commissions as an exercise of the President's common law military power, and that courts-martial provided a concurrent means for trying war criminals that did not alter the traditional role for military commissions.