Check out our current display, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War,” which highlights some of the Court’s major decisions of the time. Two habeas corpus cases are featured – Ex parte Merryman, 17 F. Cas. 144 (C.C.D. Md. 1861) (No. 9487)), and Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (4 Wall.) (1866), plus Ex parte Vallandigham, 68 U.S. 243 (1 Wall.) (1863), which dealt with military tribunals.
The display also contains a few books from our collection dealing with these cases, including the recently published Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War by Jonathan W. White.
Read more about it in William Rehnquist’s Civil Liberty and Civil War and Mark E. Neely’s Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War.