A Confederate in Congress: The Civil War Treason Trial of by Joshua E. Kastenberg PDF

By Joshua E. Kastenberg

In could 1865, the ultimate month of the Civil warfare, the U.S. military arrested and prosecuted a sitting congressman in an army trial within the border nation of Maryland, although the federal felony courts within the kingdom have been functioning. Convicted of supporting and abetting paroled accomplice squaddies, Benjamin Gwinn Harris of Maryland’s 5th Congressional District used to be imprisoned and barred from keeping public office.
Harris was once a firebrand—effectively a accomplice serving in Congress—and had lengthy encouraged the constitutionality of slavery and the appropriate of states to secede from the Union. This first-ever book-length research of the weird trial examines the existing evaluations in Southern Maryland and within the battle division relating to slavery, treason and the Constitution’s warrantly of estate rights and freedom of speech.

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