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Before a massive crowd in Ohio, Congressman Vallandigham denounces the war and President Lincoln

Clement Laird Vallandigham, detail
05/01/1863
At a massive Democratic meeting in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Congressman Clement Vallandigham gave a two hour speech that reflected powerfully his anti-war views and his harsh opinions of Abraham Lincoln.  Speaking specifically of the recent Army Order Number 38 that banned such anti-administration comments as a usurpation of liberty, he said the conflict was "a war for the freedom of the blacks and the enslavement of the whites" and urged Ohioans to vote out "King Lincoln."  The speech led to his arrest and trial a few days later.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Geoffrey R. Stone, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004), 101.

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