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George W. Phillips, Assistant U.S. Marshall, to Judges of U.S. Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, October 26, 1861

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The U.S. District Court in Washington DC had been calling various military officials to explain cases involving soldiers and those arrested in the capital and obey resultant writs of habeus corpus that resulted. With this communication, President Lincoln suspended the operation of such writs "for the present" in cases concerning military authorities in the district. (By John Osborne)

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