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Court-Martial Administration Civil War Period

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Reference Code: IE-MA-CMA
Dates: 17 February 1922 to 1966 [most of the material covers the 1922-1924 period, however]
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium: 12 archival boxes paper containing 230 files and bound volumes
Access: Open to the public
Language: English
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This collection is quite wide-ranging in scope, but it mostly covers military legal administration between 1922 and 1924, with some files containing material from the later 1920s and 1930s harking back to legal matters (such as individual cases and policy) during the civil war period.

The files concern the interactions between the Judge Advocate General, Cahir Davitt, the Director of Organisation, Diarmuid O’Hegarty, the Chief Legal Officer, Colonel Commandant Hodnett, senior Command and barracks Officers and the various legal officers appointed to the barracks throughout the country, and other legal and secretarial staff.

The collection could be divided into a number of different types of files. These include:

Individual military cases, and groups of cases, that were tried under court-martial;

individual civilian cases, and groups of cases, that were tried under the military courts (involving either anti-treaty personnel during the civil war, or more criminal-type cases such as cattle rustling during the same period);

Files that consider policy matters in the trial of military personnel and civilians, as well as the internment and general treatment of anti-treaty personnel;

Files concerning internal investigations, through courts of inquiry, and operation reports into specific civil war incidents, perpetrated by Pro- or Anti-Treaty personnel, including mutiny by National Army personnel and ambushes and escapes from internment by Anti-Treaty personnel;

Files concerning the administration of legal and secretarial staff, both military and civilian


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