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In the early morning hours, soldiers arrest Ohio Congressman C. L. Vallandigham at his home in Dayton

Clement Laird Vallandigham, detail
At a massive Democratic meeting in Mount Vernon, Ohio five days before, Congressman Clement Vallandigham had railed against the war and President Lincoln in deliberate contravention of  the recent Army Order Number 38 that banned such anti-administration comments.  In the pre-dawn hours a large force of soldiers surrounded his house in Dayton, Ohio, broke down the door, and arrested him on a charge aiding the enemy and weakening the Government.  He was lodged in the Cincinnati jail and later tried before a military tribunal. (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.