~~~~The Old Liner~~~~
- Online edition of newsletter -

Earle Hollenbaugh, Editor
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Baltimore, MD 21228
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Future Meetings: 4th Tuesday of each month -
Mark your calendar for 2017 Dates: January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28, December 12
Time: Doors open at 7:00, Business meeting and Speaker: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Rd, Parkville, MD 21234.
There is a $5.00 charge for non-members to attend the meeting.  There is NO SMOKING allowed in the Senior Center.  
Views expressed in this Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of members as a whole,
nor do they represent a position taken by the Baltimore Civil War Roundtable.

Next Meeting: August 22, 2017
Our speaker this month will be former BCWRT President Bob Mullauer.

In what may be one of the most timely talks ever, Bob will talk on Marylander and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney and the Ex Parte Merryman case.

On May 25, 1861, a secessionist named John Merryman was imprisoned by military order at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md., for his alleged pro-Confederate activities. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney issued a writ of habeas corpus on the grounds that Merryman was illegally detained. General George Cadwalader, in command of Fort McHenry, refused to obey the writ, on the basis that President Abraham Lincoln had suspended habeas corpus.

Taney cited Cadwalader for contempt of court and then wrote an opinion about Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, which allows suspension of habeas corpus “when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” Taney argued that only Congress—not the president—had the power of suspension.
President Lincoln ignored Taney’s opinion and adhered to the suspension of habeas corpus throughout the Civil War. Merryman was later released. The constitutional question of who has the right to suspend habeas corpus, Congress or the President, has never been officially resolved.

Bob Mullauer was a high school history teacher for over a decade. He currently teaches night-time courses at Anne Arundel Community College as well as speaks to a variety of groups on topics such as the American Civil War in the Western Theater, World War II in the Pacific, and the Napoleonic Wars. He has led United States Army officers on staff rides over the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields. Besides Civil War battlefields, his travels include tours of World War II battlefields in the Pacific as well as Normandy, the Bulge, Verdun, and various Napoleonic sites in Europe.

 

Roger B. Taney

 

 

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