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The Initial Hearing

Charles R. McKirdy

in Lincoln Apostate: The Matson Slave Case

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739855
eISBN:
9781604739879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes the main individuals involved in the Matson Slave Case, along with the events leading up to, during, and after the initial hearing. After Jane left Robert’s home with her ... More


Lincoln Apostate: The Matson Slave Case

Charles R. McKirdy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739855
eISBN:
9781604739879
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

In 1847, in a small rural courthouse in Coles County, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln represented a Kentucky slave owner named Robert Matson in his attempt to recover a runaway slave woman and her four ... More


The Coils of Friendship

Charles R. McKirdy

in Lincoln Apostate: The Matson Slave Case

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739855
eISBN:
9781604739879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter explores Lincoln’s motivations for representing slaveholder Robert Matson. It rejects claims that Lincoln was indifferent to the plight of slaves or that he held back at the Matson ... More


Introduction

Charles R. McKirdy

in Lincoln Apostate: The Matson Slave Case

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739855
eISBN:
9781604739879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This introductory chapter first describes the “Matson Slave Case,” where Lincoln represented a slave owner named Robert Matson in his efforts to recover five slaves—a mother and her four children. It ... More


The Trial

Charles R. McKirdy

in Lincoln Apostate: The Matson Slave Case

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739855
eISBN:
9781604739879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the Matson trial in 1847. The court ruled that Jane Bryant and her four children “be discharged from the custody...of...David R. Hutchason or of Robert Matson and all persons ... More


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