Today, for the first time....
....in a long while, I made great, and I do mean great progress on my military justice research project. Yesterday, while fucking around with random searches in Google Books, I saw a very glancing reference to an obscure execution by the US Army in 1926. And I do mean obscure. It was a throwaway line in one of those stupid sneak previews that doesn't allow you to read the whole book (or in this case, even the next sentence.
I had intended to try to track it down at via the public library's collection of old newspaper indexes, but that proved not to be necessary once I found out there is a newspaper archival feature on Google. Not only was I able to scope out multiple articles on the case, I was able to identify two other cases from this time-period. This was very satisfying to me since the Army once told me there were no military executions between the wars. Evidently, these people in the Pentagon don't know their own history at all well. I wish I could say I was surprised.
Oh well, at least it's nice to know my research skills haven't completely gone to seed.