drumhead court-martial


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n drumhead court-martial a military court convened to hear urgent charges of offenses committed in action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drumhead court-martial (Mil) a summary court-martial called to try offenses on the battlefield or the line of march, when, sometimes, a drumhead has to do service as a writing table.
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In literature:

Many militia officers were murdered, and many militiamen were executed by drumhead court martial.
"The Iron Heel" by Jack London
The possibility of being drumhead court-martialled and shot might not be remote.
"The Coming Conquest of England" by August Niemann
For this act, he was tried by a "drumhead court martial" and sentenced to die.
"Sustained honor" by John R. Musick,
A drumhead court martial was held on the spot, and the verdict was a foregone conclusion.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
They accused the negro of treachery and hung him from the nearest limb without the formality of a drumhead court martial.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Summary procedure made it easy to decide that the sentence of drumhead court-martial was death.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
The drumhead court-martial which followed was brief and formal.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
A drumhead court-martial sentenced the young Virginian to receive one hundred lashes on the bare back.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The next day Gen. Ward organized a drumhead court-martial and tried those captured who were not wounded.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
The whites were subject to arbitrary arrest and trials by drumhead courts-martial; military prisoners were badly mistreated.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester