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Page 238 - ... that he is fighting in a bad cause, for a wicked administration of a contemptible government, too weak to arrest and punish him if he shall desert. I think that in such a case to silence the agitator and save the boy is not only constitutional, but withal a great mercy.
Page 237 - He was not arrested because he was damaging the political prospects of the Administration or the personal interests of the commanding general but because he was damaging the army, upon the existence and vigor of which the life of the nation depends.
Page 120 - Also to the ninth and tenth sections of an act entitled "An act to suppress insurrection, to punish treason and rebellion, to seize and confiscate the property of rebels, and for other purposes," approved July 17, 1862, and which sections are in the words and figures following: "SEC.
Page 238 - Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of a wily agitator who induces him to desert...
Page 237 - Long experience has shown that armies cannot be maintained unless desertion shall be punished by the severe penalty of death.
Page 237 - Mr. Vallandigham avows his hostility to the war on the part of the Union ; and his arrest was made because he was laboring, with some effect, to prevent the raising of troops ; to encourage desertions from the army ; and to leave the Rebellion without an adequate military force to suppress it.
Page 237 - Vallandigham was, by a military commander, seized and tried " for no other reason than words addressed to a public meeting, in criticism of the course of the Administration, and in condemnation of the military orders of the general." Now, if there be no mistake about this ; if this assertion is the truth and the whole truth ; if there was no other reason for the arrest, then I concede that the arrest was wrong. But the arrest, as I understand, was made for a very different reason. Mr.
Page 14 - An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia," has this day been approved and signed. I have never doubted the constitutional authority of Congress to abolish slavery in this District, and I have ever desired to see the National Capital freed from the institution in some satisfactory way. Hence there has never been...