Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Online
Ex Parte Milligan: “No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such doctrine leads directly to anarchy and despotism.” When a military tribunal sentenced Lambdin P. Milligan of Indiana to hang for allegedly aiding the rebellious states, his lawyers—including James A. Garfield—stood before the Supreme Court to preserve not only his life but also Reconstruction. Speaker: Chris Dobeck, James A. Garfield NHS.
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