Life and Public Services of Edwin M. Stanton - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXXVI

Order concerning Political Prisoners and Military Arrests. -- Release of Prisoners. -- Further Extraordinary Arrests to be made by the Military Authorities only. -- Mr. Stanton defends Arrests otherwise made up to that Time.

THE arrest and imprisonment of persons in civil life by the sole authority of the President, on charges of disloyal practices, had been the subject of much criticism before Mr. Stanton came into the Cabinet. The Secretary of State, Mr. Seward, had been quoted in the press as referring to his power to cause an arrest by "tinkling his little bell," and the opinion extensively prevailed that many arrests had been made upon insuicient cause.

There had been much railing against the government which, although offensive, was not really dangerous, and the public safety did not require, nor would public opinion be likely to sustain, a denial of the right of free speech, however unfriendly to the authorities, within the limits of safety. This subject was one to which Mr. Stanton gave early attention. His training as a lawyer had bred in him a repugnance to any invasion of personal liberty for which a good reason did not exist. Although the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus dispensed with a judicial inquiry in many cases, he felt that this in no wise justified arrests

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations *
  • Life of Edwin M. Stanton 1
  • Part II - The Secession Winter. -- Stanton in Buch­ Anan's Cabinet 81
  • Chapter XII 81
  • Chapter XIII 94
  • Chapter XIV 106
  • Chapter XV 111
  • Chapter XVI 121
  • Chapter XVII 127
  • Chapter XVIII 131
  • Chapter XIX 142
  • Chapter XX 149
  • Chapter XXI 160
  • Chapter XXII 165
  • Chapter XXIII 176
  • Chapter XXIV 187
  • Part III - Stanton's Discontent. -- Opening of the Rebellion 191
  • Chapter XXV 191
  • Chapter XXVI 197
  • Chapter XXVII 208
  • Chapter XXVIII 212
  • Chapter XXIX 219
  • Chapter XXX 226
  • Part IV - Stanton as Secretary of War 238
  • Chapter XXXI 238
  • Chapter XXXII 246
  • Chapter XXXIII 250
  • Chapter XXXIV 255
  • Chapter XXXV 258
  • Chapter XXXVI 262
  • Chapter XXXVII 268
  • Chapter XXXVIII 277
  • Chapter Xxxix 283
  • Chapter XL 288
  • Chapter XLI - The Capture of Memphis. 297
  • Chapter XLII 300
  • Chapter XLIII 313
  • Chapter XLIV 321
  • Part V - Mcclellan's Peninsular Campaign and His Preliminary Movements 326
  • Chapter XLV 326
  • Chapter XLVI 336
  • Chapter XLVII 345
  • Chapter XLVIII 350
  • Chapter Xlix 360
  • Chapter L 366
  • Chapter LI 376
  • Chapter LII 381
  • Chapter LIII 391
  • Chapter Liv 398
  • Chapter LV 403
  • Chapter LVI 414
  • Chapter LVII 425
  • Chapter LIX 440
  • Chapter LX - The Seven Days' Battles. 447
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