Was Lincoln Justified By Suspending Habeas Corpus?

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Sana-Alyse Muhammad
Mrs. Campbell
American History
22 May 2017
Was Lincoln Justified by Suspending Habeas Corpus? The Writ of Habeas Corpus states that “the Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion, the public safety may require it" (U.S. Constitution. Art. I, Sec. 9). In simpler terms, this means that the government, or its officials, is forbidden to arrest a citizen without allowing the case to be presented to a judge or court. The dictionary defines a writ as "a form of written command in the name of a court or other legal authority." Since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, Habeas Corpus has been a pillar of law in America ("FAQs: What Is Habeas Corpus."). It
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The soldiers panicked and fired into the crowd. 12 civilians, along with 4 soldiers were killed; these were the first casualties of the Civil War (Ewers). During this act of rebellion, letters addressing government officials were sent between each other. The letter that best described the Copperhead 's rebellion Thomas H. Hicks, who was the governor of Maryland at the time, and sent to the Secretary of War, Simon Cameron:
"Since I saw you in Washington last I have been in Baltimore City, laboring in conjunction with the Mayor of that city to preserve peace and order, but I regret to say with little success. Up to yesterday there appeared promise, but the outbreak came; turbulent passions of the riotous element prevailed; fear for safety became reality; what they had endeavored to conceal, but what was known to us, was no longer concealed but made manifest; the rebellious element had the control of things. We are arranging and organizing forces for the protection of the city and to preserve order, but want of organization, and of arms, prevented success. They had arms; they had the principal part of the organized military forces with them, and for us to have made the effort, under the circumstances, would have had the effect to aid the disorderly element. They took possession of the armories, have the arms and ammunition, and I therefore think it prudent to decline, (for the present.) responding
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