4th Tuesday of each month -
Mark your calendar for 2017 Dates:
January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June
July 25, August
September 26, October 24, November 28, December 12
Doors open at 7:00, Business
meeting and Speaker: 7:30 p.m.
Parkville Senior Center,
8601 Harford Rd,
There is a $5.00 charge for non-members to attend the meeting. There is
NO SMOKING allowed in the Senior Center.
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Roger B. Taney