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From the Editor
By: David Deschesne
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal
May 15, 2013
The Imprisonment of Severn Teackle Wallis by Abraham Lincoln,the War Criminal
Many people consider President Abraham Lincoln a hero who preserved the union and ended slavery. Nothing, however, can be further from the truth. Lincoln, in reality was a war criminal and tyrant. He was a dictator who imprisoned his political enemies without cause—many of whom were duly elected legislators, police chiefs, mayors, etc.—simply for disagreeing with him.
Rather than preserve the union and end slavery, Lincoln abolished the concept of separate but equal states and created a new country, the “United States”. Instead of abolishing slavery, he perfected it by forcing all the citizens of his newly created “United States” to be debt slaves to international banking syndicates via the 14th amendment and the subsequent Federal Reserve private banking system and Federal Income Tax that are direct outcomes of Lincoln’s war.
One of the little known stories of that time is that of Severn Teackle Wallis.
Wallis was a prominent Baltimore attorney who served in an emergency session of the state legislature and strongly opposed the Civil War. He fully shared that feeling of personal sympathy with the South which was entertained by a large proportion of the cultivated and educated people of Maryland. While a supporter of the South, Wallis also supported the concept of a Union and did not want to see the cooperative efforts of the separate but equal States destroyed by a bloody war.
In April 1861 the Maryland legislature was being illegally occupied by Federal troops under the command of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler deciding on the issue of secession. Wallis was sent to the House of Delegates of Maryland, and took an active part in the special proceedings, called into session that year by Gov. Thomas H. Hicks at Frederick. He was chairman of the committee on Federal relations, and made himself obnoxious to the Federal authorities by his reports, which were adopted by the legislature, and which took strong ground against the Civil War, as well as against the then prevailing “doctrine of military necessity.”
Along with the Baltimore Police Chief and others, Wallis was imprisoned without a warrant, and without cause simply for disagreeing with the President, who was exercising illegal power to arrest the same way the U.S. government does today.
What follows is a brief story highlighting those arrests from Wallis' 1896 memorial book. For all you know-it-all, fancy-pants college professors who think I'm a kook just making this stuff up, I have the original hard copy of Wallis' 117 year-old book and have scanned it in for this editorial, so I'm sorry you wasted all your money receiving your college “education.” Also, please stop lying to your students now that you know the truth. The story is from pages xvi thru xix of the Introduction of Severn Teackle Wallis, Vol. 1, Addresses and Poems, 1896 (Sorry, Amazon, you can't delete this hard copy from my library like you have others of your Kindle customers' digital books in the past. You’ll have to actually come find it in person, if you can, and burn it.):
“On the day that the Legislature adjourned, Mr. Ross Winans, one of the delegates from Baltimore, was arrested while returning from Frederick to his home, without legal warrant, by a military force, acting under orders from Major-General B. F. Butler, and taken to Fort McHenry, whence he was afterwards transferred to Fortress Monroe. Other military arrests followed rapidly. On the 27th of June, while the Legislature was again in session, having reassembled at Frederick, pursuant to adjournment, the Marshal of Police of Baltimore, was arrested at his home at three o'clock in the morning, by a military force and confined in Fort McHenry. On the 1st of July, the arrest of the entire Board of Police commissioners of Baltimore city followed, the Commissioners being apprehended at their respective homes, between the hours of three and five in the morning, and conveyed under guard to the fort, The spirited memorial addressed by the Commissioners to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, upon the subject of their arbitrary arrest imprisonment was from the pen of Mr. Wallis...
...On the night of the 12th of September, 1861, Mr. Wallis was arrested at his dwelling in St. Paul street, Baltimore, by order of Major-General John A. Dix, commanding at Fort McHenry. The order addressed to the Provost Marshal of Baltimore, directed the 'arrest without an hour's delay' of the Mayor of the city, George William Brown, Esq., the members of the Legislature from Baltimore City, and of several other persons therein named. Other arrests took place the same night in pursuance of direct orders from Washington, including that of the Hon. Henry May, a member of Congress at the time, from Maryland. the prisoners were taken under guard to Fort McHenry, and on the afternoon of the following day, conveyed by boat to Fortress Monroe, and about two weeks later transported by sea to Fort Lafayette, in New York Harbor. In November, they were again removed to Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, where they remained without trial until the latter part of November, 1862, when Mr. Wallis and thirteen others, all but one of whom were from Maryland, and all of whom had been prisoners for a period varying from fourteen to seventeen months, were unconditionally released by order of the Secretary of war, and allowed to return to their homes.
Naturally of a delicate constitution, and frequently an invalid[editor: to those with a public school vocabulary, that means he was sick a lot], Mr. Wallis suffered keenly from the physical privations incident in his imprisonment. The cold and bleak climate of the New England coast in winter, aggravated constitutional ailments to which he had long been subject [editor: in this case, “constitutional” is referring to the organs of his body and his overall health], and he suffered greatly from the want of comforts to which he had been accustomed, and which to a valetudinarian had become a necessity. At Fortress Monroe, he was confined for fourteen days, with a number of others, in one of the casemates of the Fort, closely guarded and under lock and key. At Fort Warren, where he spent more than twelve months of his captivity, he was assigned with others to a single room in the officers' quarters of the Fort, but with larger liberty and opportunity to exercise...Mr. Wallis's spirit constantly chafed under what he regarded as the intolerable wrong and injustice of his arbitrary arrest and incarceration...
...After his release from Fort Warren, in November, 1862, Mr. Wallis returned to Baltimore and resumed the thread of his interrupted professional life.”
The war criminal, Abraham Lincoln, arrested these men without a trial, without conviction, without a jury and without any cause at all other than he didn't like their belief systems. This is the man who kids are being taught in public schools today to look up to as some sort of savior of the union and champion of ending slavery. I suppose since the North won the war- because they were much better financed by the banks we are all now economic debt slaves to - they could write the history that is regurgitated in public schools, today. But, just because the winners wrote the history, doesn't necessarily make it true.
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