I know in the south that the Home Guard had the authority to sentence death to anyone aiding a deserter or confiscate thier land and valuables. I am not sure about the North I have read a few articles in a Richmond paper about wives and Mothers and Fathers being punished for aiding a deserter. You must remember at this time it was considered a disgraceful and cowardly act to desert your country ecsp in the south when man power was so low.
Drew Ingram (USMC RET.)
WIA: Operation Iraqi Freedom
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