August 5, 1861

On August 5, 1861, the US Army abolished flogging. It was said by many of the older officers, who weren’t subjected to flogging as a punishment anyway, that removing the threat of the lash would allow the common soldier to go buck wild. They said it was the beginning of the end of Army discipline. One hundred and fifty-nine years later, the average soldier in the US Army is one of the premier fighting men in the world. Abolishing flogging didn’t stop them from winning the Civil War, World War I, or even World War II. I guess treating a soldier like a human being in their punishment doesn’t make them, or you, a weakling snowflake.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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