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By Jonathan W. White

within the spring of 1861, Union army professionals arrested Maryland farmer John Merryman on fees of treason opposed to the U.S. for burning railroad bridges round Baltimore for you to hinder northern squaddies from attaining the capital. From his felony mobile at citadel McHenry, Merryman petitioned leader Justice of the perfect court docket Roger B. Taney for unencumber via a writ of habeas corpus. Taney issued the writ, yet President Abraham Lincoln missed it. In mid-July Merryman used to be published, merely to be indicted for treason in a Baltimore federal courtroom. His case, in spite of the fact that, by no means went to trial and federal prosecutors eventually disregarded it in 1867.

In Abraham Lincoln and Treason within the Civil struggle, Jonathan White finds 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 increase guidelines to accommodate either northern traitors and southern rebels. His paintings exposes a number of perennially debatable felony and constitutional matters in American heritage, together with the character and quantity of presidential struggle powers, the advance of nationwide regulations for facing disloyalty and treason, and the security of civil liberties in wartime.

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