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In Eastern Maryland, Judge Richard Bennett is pistol-whipped and arrested in his own courtroom

Richard Bennett Carmichael, detail
05/27/1862
Dickinson College alumnus and wealthy slaveholder Richard Bennett Carmichael was a judge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland who had been scrupulous in applying state laws to cases brought before him that he considered violations of civil liberties.  Since this meant that he was freeing mostly southern sympathizers, Federal officials took notice and on this day arrested Judge Carmichael in his courtroom and, after a struggle that left him unconscious, imprisoned him for almost six months without trial.  He returned to the courtroom but resigned in 1864.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 17-18.

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