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Within the spring of 1861, Union army experts arrested Maryland farmer John Merryman on fees of treason opposed to the us for burning railroad bridges round Baltimore that allows you to hinder northern squaddies from attaining the capital. From his legal cellphone at castle McHenry, Merryman petitioned leader Justice of the ultimate courtroom 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 was once published, in simple terms to be indicted for treason in a Baltimore federal courtroom. His case, even if, by no means went to trial and federal prosecutors eventually brushed aside it in 1867.In Abraham Lincoln and Treason within the Civil battle, Jonathan White unearths how the arrest and prosecution of this little-known Baltimore farmer had an enduring influence at the Lincoln management and Congress as they struggled to boost rules to house either northern traitors and southern rebels. His paintings sheds major new gentle on a number of perennially arguable criminal and constitutional concerns in American background, together with the character and volume 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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1 In 1839, John Merryman took a job at a hardware store in Baltimore City. Two years later, he moved to Puerto Rico, where he worked in a counting house owned by one of his uncles. He returned to Maryland in July 1842 “to take charge” of his family’s farms in Baltimore County; soon thereafter he moved to Hayfields, the 560-acre estate owned by his relative Colonel Nicholas Merryman Bosley. In 1844, John married Ann Louisa Gittings, the nineteen-year-old daughter of Elijah Bosley Gittings and Ann Lux Cockey.

Hayfields was known throughout the state for its beauty. ”2 Hayfields continued to flourish under John Merryman’s attentive eye. ” He continued: “The grounds are extensive, and naturally beautiful—fine farm-land, with an inexhaustible supply of limestone. In fact we have never seen finer grain soil or finer looking crops of grain and grass than are to be seen on the whole route of the Central road from York to Cockeysville. Mr. Merryman is a man of considerable property—in fact of great real estate.

To the editors of the Journal of Commerce, all of Lincoln’s constitutional abuses justified the South in the course of action it had taken. If Lincoln so The Arrest and Incarceration of John Merryman | 35 freely deprived northerners of their constitutional rights, southerners, of course, could expect only worse. S. district judge in Philadelphia, wrote out a private legal opinion on the case. Judge Cadwalader argued that the appropriate question was “not . . ” In other words, Judge Cadwalader agreed with Taney that only Congress could suspend the writ, but he believed that if his brother had responded in a different way, the collision between the president and the judiciary might have been avoided.

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