By Jonathan W. White
In the spring of 1861, Union army gurus arrested Maryland farmer John Merryman on fees of treason opposed to the U.S. for burning railroad bridges round Baltimore so one can hinder northern squaddies from attaining the capital. From his felony telephone at fortress McHenry, Merryman petitioned leader Justice of the ultimate court docket 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 used to be published, merely to be indicted for treason in a Baltimore federal court docket. His case, although, by no means went to trial and federal prosecutors ultimately brushed off it in 1867.
In Abraham Lincoln and Treason within the Civil conflict, 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 house either northern traitors and southern rebels. His paintings exposes a number of perennially arguable criminal and constitutional matters in American background, together with the character and volume of presidential struggle powers, the improvement of nationwide regulations for facing disloyalty and treason, and the security of civil liberties in wartime.
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