Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of by Jonathan W. White

By Jonathan W. White

within the spring of 1861, Union army specialists arrested Maryland farmer John Merryman on fees of treason opposed to the USA for burning railroad bridges round Baltimore so that it will hinder northern squaddies from attaining the capital. From his legal cellphone at castle McHenry, Merryman petitioned leader Justice of the preferrred courtroom Roger B. Taney for free up via a writ of habeas corpus. Taney issued the writ, yet President Abraham Lincoln missed it. In mid-July Merryman was once published, simply to be indicted for treason in a Baltimore federal courtroom. His case, even if, by no means went to trial and federal prosecutors ultimately brushed aside it in 1867.

In Abraham Lincoln and Treason within the Civil conflict, Jonathan White unearths how the arrest and prosecution of this little-known Baltimore farmer had a long-lasting effect at the Lincoln management and Congress as they struggled to improve rules to house either northern traitors and southern rebels. His paintings exposes a number of perennially debatable felony and constitutional concerns in American background, together with the character and quantity of presidential warfare powers, the improvement of nationwide rules for facing disloyalty and treason, and the security of civil liberties in wartime.

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