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August, 1866 AD (search for this): chapter 1.7
s attributed to the malign influence of his wife, who, it is charged, was a secessionist and one of the F. F. V.'s. After the public became aware of what was going on in the prison house and the fearless press commenced to inquire as to who was responsible, a very different treatment was accorded Mr. Davis, and he was allowed the privileges of a State prisoner. He had the freedom of the fort on parole, his wife and family were with him, and his counsel were permitted to see him. In August, 1866, the President ordered that General Miles be mustered out of the volunteer service. No reason is given in the published records for this, but may possibly be inferred from General Miles' protest written on the 24th day of August. (121 War of the bellion, 955), in which he says: As I have no other appointment, I fear the President is dissatisfied with my course here, or perhaps credits some of the base slanders and foulest accusations which the disloyal press have heaped upon me. *
December 8th, 1845 AD (search for this): chapter 1.7
ictment, such crime, if crime it was, had been already punished by the penalties and disabilities denounced against and inflicted upon him thereafter by the third section of the fourteenth amendment of the constitution. General Bradley T. Johnson has written that he had it from Messrs. O'Conor and Ould that this point was suggested by the Chief-Justice. Preparatory to the motion to quash, on the ground set forth above, Mr. Ould filed in open court his own affidavit that on the 8th day of December, 1845, Mr. Davis, on taking his seat in the House of Representatives as a member from Mississippi, had taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States. He then moved for a rule on the Attorney of the United States to show cause why the indictment should not be quashed. On Thursday, the 3d day of December, 1868, the question arising under the rule were taken up in the Circuit Court of the United States, sitting at Richmond, with Judges Chase and Underwood on the bench, a
ict Court for the District of Virginia, and to ask an interview in regard to the trial of Mr. Davis for treason. It was arranged that he should be indicted at the May term (1865) of the United States Court at Norfolk, over which Underwood was to preside. This was to be done, despite the fact that the judge had previously been ofs, he said, had, on the 22nd day of May, 1866, passed an act providing that the Circuit Court of the United States should be held at Richmond on the first Monday in May and the fourth Monday in November in each year. This, the Attorney-General held, abrogated the special term fixed for October. But on the 23d of July Congress pas to guide his judicial finding. The result of this disagreement of the judges was that the motion to quash failed, and thereupon the case was continued until the May term, 1869. The fact of the disagreement was certified to the Supreme Court, that it might be there decided. This was the end of this celebrated cause. Later i
June 5th, 1866 AD (search for this): chapter 1.7
llegiance, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, and wickedly devising, intending the peace and tranquility of the said United States of America to disturb, and the Government of the said United States of America to subvert, and to stir, move, and incite insurrection, rebellion, and war against the United States of America, on the 15th day of June, 1864, in the city of Richmond, &c., &c., with the usual adjectives and strong language of such literature. On the 5th of June, 1866, Messrs. James T. Brady, of New York; Willam B. Reed, of Philadelphia; James Lyons and Robert Ould, of Richmond, appeared in the Circuit Court for the city of Richmond as counsel for Mr. Davis, and through Mr. Reed, in very terse and clear language, asked the conrt what was to be done with the indictment and whether it was to be tried. This last question he said he probably had no right to ask, but he claimed the right to that speedy and public trial guaranteed by the Constitution, an
June 7th, 1866 AD (search for this): chapter 1.7
plea for Mr. Davis to make if he wanted delay. On the contrary, he waived any such plea and demanded a speedy trial; and that as to the heat of the weather, Mr. Davis could stand it in Richmond as well as at Fortress Monroe, and his counsel would all willingly serve him under any circumstances. Judge Underwood stated that the Chief-Justice was to preside at the trial and that he could not be present until the first Tuesday in October, to which day the cause was adjourned. On the 7th of June, 1866, Messrs. Charles O'Conor, of New York; Mr. Thomas G. Pratt, ex-Governor of Maryland, representing Mr. Davis; and Mr. Speed, the Attorney-General, representing the Government, waited on Chief-Justice Chase at his residence to ascertain whether he would entertain a motion to release Mr. Davis on bail. The Chief-Justice, without any formal application for bail, announced that he considered it improper for him to act in this matter so long as the State of Virginia was under military rule,
gunboat on each side of the Clyde. Stephens and Reagan were sent to Fort Warren; Wheeler and staff, Johnston and Lubbock, to Fort Delaware, and Harrison to Washington, while the women and children were sent back South. Fearing that Halleck might not be harsh enough or Miles sharp enough for the occasion, Mr. Stanton sent the Assistant Secretary of War, Mr. C. A. Dana, to the fort to supervise the details of the incarceration of the two prisoners, Davis and Clay. He was present on the 22d of June, when they were removed, and wrote a graphic account of the proceeding, which has been preserved (121 War of Rebellion, p. 563), and as it is both accurate and authentic, it may be instructive to quote a few sentences: At precisely 1 o'clock General Miles left with a tug and a guard from the garrison to go for Davis and Clay. At 1:30 the tug left the Clyde for the fort. She landed at the engineer wharf, and the procession, led by the cavalrymen of Colonel Pritchard's command, moved t
January 7th (search for this): chapter 1.7
mained in abeyance until the 10th of August, 1865, when the President wrote to Chief-Justice Chase asking for a conference in reference to the time, place, and manner of trial of Jefferson Davis. To this Judge Chase responded that he would come to Washington on the next Thursday. What took place at this conference is not known. (Id., 715-6.) On the 21st of September, 1865, the Senate called upon the President for information on the subject of the trial, but no response was made until January 7th, when reports on the subject from the Attorney General, Mr. James Speed, and the Secretary of War, Mr. E. M. Stanton, were filed. From these reports it seems that it was deemed proper that he should be tried for treason in the State of Virginia, where the Chief Justice was to preside, but that for reasons the Chief Justice would not hold the court. On the 16th of January, 1866, the Senate, becoming impatient under the outcry against the unconstitutional delay, called on the President
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