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The war crimes trial of the commander of North Carolina's Salisbury Prison Camp begins in Raleigh

State House, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1861
02/21/1866
Major John H. Gee, the former commander of Salisbury Prison in North Carolina, where a quarter of the Union prisoners imprisoned there died, went on trial before a U.S. military commission for war crimes.  His trial spanned four months, heard a hundred witnesses, and featured legal maneuverings that included a writ of habeas corpus against Union General T.H. Ruger. Gee was acquitted on all charges in mid-July 1866. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Mark L Bradley, Bluecoats and Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2009), np. 

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