Here’s Professor Mark Neely in a 2010 presentation in the Army Heritage and Education Center’s Perspectives in Military History program. This presentation was held in Bliss Hall of the US Army War College. This is really an outstanding presentation with a lot of great information for us.
The video’s description tells us, “Abraham Lincoln’s record on the Constitution and individual rights has fueled a century of debate. Now, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Fate of Liberty’, Mark Neely depicts Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus as a well-intentioned attempt to deal with a floodtide of unforeseen events: the threat to Washington as Maryland flirted with secession, disintegrating public order in the border states, corruption among military contractors, the occupation of hostile Confederate territory, contraband trade with the South, and the outcry against the first draft in U.S. history. Drawing on letters from prisoners, records of military courts and federal prisons, memoirs, and federal archives, he paints a vivid picture of how Lincoln responded to these problems, how his policies were actually executed, and the virulent political debates that followed.”