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.
Part of the problem with evaluating Lincoln's wartime actions as "constitutional" or "unconstitutional" is that the Constitution as it existed in 1860 was a totally different document from what we... More
I guess we just haven't seen the same film -- and I guess we have been studying different history as well. "The Conspirator" is not apology for the Confederacy and the movie I saw... More
Hi Elizabeth --
OK, since "The Conspirator" opened in your area yesterday (May 6), I'm sure you have already seen it! Looking forward to your thoughts on Joe Holt. Agree, he has been largely... More