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By Jonathan W. White

Within the spring of 1861, Union army specialists arrested Maryland farmer John Merryman on fees of treason opposed to the us for burning railroad bridges round Baltimore with a purpose to hinder northern squaddies from attaining the capital. From his legal mobile at citadel McHenry, Merryman petitioned leader Justice of the very best court docket Roger B. Taney for unlock via a writ of habeas corpus. Taney issued the writ, yet President Abraham Lincoln overlooked it. In mid-July Merryman was once published, in basic terms to be indicted for treason in a Baltimore federal court docket. His case, even though, by no means went to trial and federal prosecutors eventually disregarded it in 1867.In Abraham Lincoln and Treason within the Civil warfare, 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 improve guidelines to house either northern traitors and southern rebels. His paintings sheds major new gentle on numerous perennially arguable felony and constitutional matters in American historical past, together with the character and quantity of presidential struggle powers, the improvement of nationwide guidelines for facing disloyalty and treason, and the security of civil liberties in wartime.

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Together, John and Ann would have eleven children, ten of whom survived to adulthood. In 1847, Merryman inherited Hayfields from Colonel Bosley, who happened to be not only Merryman’s close relative (sometimes called his uncle) but also his wife’s great uncle. Bosley had owned the estate since 1811 and had periodically purchased adjoining 25 26 | Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War lands to increase its size. Hayfields was known throughout the state for its beauty. ”2 Hayfields continued to flourish under John Merryman’s attentive eye.

Colonel Isaac R. Trimble led a group of Baltimore policemen and city guards to burn bridges along the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore line, while Captain J. G. Johannes and Police Marshal George P. Kane led men to burn bridges of the Northern Central. Within hours of the meeting at the mayor’s house multiple bridges were ablaze. One watchman at a railroad bridge in Canton recalled the scene: “On [April] 20th soldiers came down and stopped & the police came on [the] bridge. I asked what they were doing.

I asked what they were doing. They said its none of my business. I told them I was the watch man and begged them not to burn it. Nine of them seized me & took me to throw me into the river. C. Many northerners expressed alarm at the actions of the Maryland authorities. S. district judge John Cadwalader told an old family friend in Maryland that in ceding the District of Columbia to the United States, the state of Maryland had given up its right to impede the passage of federal troops to the national capital.

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