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Martial Law in Maryland

  • Introduction to the Civil War

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06/13/2018Chris Calton

Season 3, Episode 9. After the Pratt Street Riot, President Lincoln and General Scott take more drastic measures to secure the state of Maryland for the Union. Placing most of the state under Martial Law, Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus and allows his officers to arrest civilians. One such arrest led to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney to issue his statement on Lincoln’s suspension of the writ in the opinion Ex Parte Merryman.

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