Military Tribunal Finds Clement Vallandigham Guilty of Violating General Order Number 38

May 7, 1863

Former Ohio Congressman and leading Peace Democrat, Clement Vallandigham was arrested on May 5, 1863  for violating Union General Ambrose Burnside's General Order Number 38. On May 6, Vallandigham was brought before a military tribunal in Cincinnati, where he was denied a writ of habeas corpus. On May 7, the military court found Vallandigham guilty of "uttering disloyal sentiments" and attempting to hinder the prosecution of the war, and sentenced him to 2 years' confinement in a military prison.  

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