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Executive Order—Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus
October 14, 1861
Lieutenant-General WINFIELD SCOTT:

The military line of the United States for the suppression of the insurrection may be extended so far as Bangor, in Maine. You and any officer acting under your authority are hereby authorized to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in any place between that place and the city of Washington.


By the President:


Secretary of State .

Citation: Abraham Lincoln: "Executive Order—Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus", October 14, 1861. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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