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Fred L. Borch III

U.S. Army (Ret.) Historian

Fred L. Borch III

Colonel Fred L. Borch (Ret.) is the Regimental Historian and Archivist for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps - one of only two full-time legal historians in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Fred served 25 years as a military lawyer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. His areas of expertise were legal issues involving terrorism, anti-terrorism, counter-terrorism, and Homeland Security. Borch served as the first Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Military Commission Chief Prosecutor (2003 to 2004). In that position, Fred was responsible for directing the overall prosecution efforts of the United States in military commissions involving alleged terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Fred is the author of a number of books and articles on legal and non-legal topics and is considered one of the foremost experts on the legal proceedings during the Lincoln assassination trial. He lectured in 2009 at Gettysburg College Civil War Institute regarding the Lincoln assassination trial procedure.

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“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

Mar 28, 2011 at 8:43pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters.
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“Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense”

Mar 14, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense
Historian Fred Borch argues that Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) did all that he could and provided a proper defense for Mary Surratt.
from The Conspirator 23 comments

“April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End”

Jan 11, 2011 at 7:54pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
For Americans in both the North and South, April 1865 was an emotional rollercoaster: incredible happiness and shock, anger and fear...
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  • Commented on this discussion on April 23, 2011 at 9:15pm

    Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal

    Hi Elizabeth --- I, too, look forward to reading your book. Joe Holt was considered by his contemporaries to be a first class lawyer and superb courtroom attorney -- I think he would have been... More

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  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on April 18, 2011 at 2:42pm

    10 Best American History Movies

    Leeladek is correct -- there are few historical films about American women -- mostly because until the 1960s and 1970s, women were "written out" of history -- that is changing now. A great topic... More

  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on April 18, 2011 at 2:42pm

    10 Best American History Movies

    Another great story film about an American woman would be the amazing Virginia Hall, who voluntarily worked with the Office of Strategic Services in German-occupied France from March to September... More

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