Lieutenant Commander Waddell’s persistence is rewarded when the CSS Shenandoah steams into a cluster of six whalers lying becalmed off St. Lawrence Island. Five he burns; the sixth he ransoms to take on board the crews of all the rest.
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Doug64 wrote:And thanks to the bigots (which was most all Whites at the time) grabbing onto Racial Darwinism, was a bleeding self-inflicted wound on our democratic institutions all that time.
Doug64 wrote:I think this is the one I accidentally posted much too early, but here it is again in its proper location in the timeline.
June 30, Friday
After a lengthy trial the military commission sitting in Washington finds all eight alleged Lincoln assassination conspirators guilty. Four are soon on their way to the Dry Tortugas, three with life sentences, including Samuel Mudd, a Virginia doctor who had set Booth’s broken leg, and Edward Spangler, a stagehand at Ford’s, with a six-year term for having allegedly helped the actor leave the theater. There, in 1867, Michael O’Laughlin will die in a yellow fever epidemic. Because of his role as a doctor in the epidemic, Samuel Mudd will be pardoned in 1868, and in 1869 Edward Spangler and Samuel Arnold will also be pardoned. The other four get death.
President Johnson names Benjamin F. Perry provisional governor of South Carolina.
Potemkin wrote:Dr Samuel Mudd became one of the most famous victims of a miscarriage of justice in history. Back in the 1930s, John Ford even directed a movie about him. The authorities were in a vengeful mood after Lincoln’s assassination. Anyone even peripherally connected with it was going to get railroaded.
Doug64 wrote:Not exactly a lot, but a reminder that the aftermath isn’t quite over.
July 13, Thursday
William Marvin is named provisional governor of Florida by President Johnson.
Potemkin wrote:It could be argued that the aftermath of the Civil War lasted until the 1960s. In fact, even the current arguments over the fate of statues of Confederate ‘heroes’ could be seen as part of that aftermath. The Civil War died hard….
Doug64 wrote:Late July
Jefferson Davis’s health has declined and declined, from neuralgia, failing eyesight, insomnia, and a general loss of vitality. Passing his fifty-seventh birthday in early June, he has had to wait until more than two months after his arrival to be permitted an hour’s daily exercise on the ramparts.
By this time, prominent Northerners—especially those in the legal profession—have seen the weakness of the government’s case against Davis and the other Confederates being held. One who sees it is the Chief Justice who would rule on their appeal in the event that one is needed, which he doubts. “If you bring these leaders to trial it will condemn the North,” Chase warns his former cabinet colleagues this month, “for by the Constitution secession is not rebellion.” As for the rebel chieftain, the authorities would have done better not to apprehend him. “Lincoln wanted Jefferson Davis to escape, and he was right. His capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason. Secession is settled. Let it stay settled.”
Potemkin wrote:Words of wisdom. Putting Jeff Davis on trial would have effectively been putting the North on trial. Nothing to gain, and potentially a lot to lose. It’s the same reasoning which led Lenin to refuse to put Nicholas II on trial after his capture by the Bolsheviks. In fact, Nicholas II’s capture created a major headache for the Bolsheviks - they couldn’t just release him, they couldn’t put him on trial, and they couldn’t hold onto him forever. They finally cut the Gordian Knot the same way Alexander did. What would the US government do with Jeff Davis…?
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