Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable: September Meeting
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By Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable
THE GENERALS REPORT
The Newsletter of the Southern Indiana Civil War Round Table
AUGUST 2010Excerpt:"Lambdin Milligan, from Huntington near Fort Wayne, was a lawyer, farmer, and leader of the Knights of the Golden Circle during the war. He publicly protested the Union's waging war against the Confederacy and he by the end of 1863 was widely believed to be involved in a huge conspiracy against the United States. Union authorities believed he was in contact with Confederate agents and was arrested in October 1864 by order of General Alvin P. Hovey and tried before a military tribunal. No warrant or affidavit was given to show Milligan's arrest was authorized. Milligan was told that he must prove his innocence. He was convicted and sentenced to hang but the sentence was later commuted to life by President Andrew Johnson. He appealed to the Supreme Court and in what became knows as the Ex Parte Milligan ruling. His conviction was overturned as unconstitutional for use of military tribunals when civil courts were still operating."Our July annual dinner meeting speaker was Brian Dirck, associate professor of history at Anderson University and author of two books on Abraham Lincoln. His presentation was on three individuals of historic importance in Indiana during the war, but not all well known. They were Gov. Oliver P. Morton, George Julian, and Lambdin Milligan.