Nathaniel P. Banks, commanding Federals around Baltimore, receives orders to use military force to prevent the state from seceding.
Tag: Civil Liberties
Subject to Indictment and Condign Punishment
Both the Federal government and the people in the North step up scrutiny of anti-war sentiment, and constitutional guarantees are threatened.
Ex Parte Merryman
Federal forces arrest a suspected secessionist, prompting a sharp response from the U.S. Chief Justice regarding civil liberties.
The Gold Hoax
May 18, 1864 – A forged presidential proclamation was sent to the press in an effort to drive up the price of gold. This caused
The Charleston Riot
March 28, 1864 – Violence erupted between anti-war Democrats and Federal soldiers on furlough in Charleston, Illinois. Charleston had been politically divided since before the
Davis Urges Suspension of Habeas Corpus
February 3, 1864 – President Jefferson Davis delivered a message to Congress asking for the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. By this