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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 43: visit to New Orleans and admission to Fortress Monroe. (search)
of Virginia. You will report the action taken by you under this order, and forward a copy of any process served upon you to this office. By order of the President, E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General. General Burton, in the interview with the Marshal, at first decided to deliver Mr. Davis to him on the following morning, but afterward determined to obey the writ of habeas corpus literally, requiring him to produce Mr. Davis before the Richmond court. The trial of Mr. Yefferson Davis, Richmond, December 3, 1867. In the United States Court, Chief-Justice Chase on the bench, the argument was commenced on the motion to quash the indictment against Jefferson Davis. Robert Ould, counsel for Mr. Davis, argued that the fourteenth amendment punished Mr. Davis by disfranchisement, and this punishment was chosen by the voice of the American people as a merciful substitute for the penalties of death and confiscation contained in the Constitution of the United States;