Martial Law in Maryland

Mises Institute

First published at 17:43 UTC on June 13th, 2018.

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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Music: "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

CategoryNews & Politics
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