Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
John Fabian Witt
Wed, August 14th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

Three weeks before Emancipation, Lincoln’s administration approved a code about the laws of war for United States armies, covering topics such as prisoners of war, torture, spies, civilians, and slaves. In his new book, Lincoln’s Code, John Fabian Witt explores the hidden story behind this extraordinary code and how it shaped not only the course of the Civil War, but of war craft and world history.

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John Fabian Witt, award-winning author and journalist, is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His most recent book, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012. In 2010 he was granted a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, the program would take place at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group