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My recent Civil War articles: George Gordon
He helped beat up some official slave-hunters. Lincoln had him prosecuted, then pardoned.
Here is my Emerging Civil War article about the minister and college president, George Gordon of Ohio, who was prosecuted, then pardoned, by Lincoln for resisting the Fugitive Slave Act.
And here is my follow-up profile of Edmund Clarence Stedman, the Attorney-General’s aide (and future literary figure) who recommended Gordon’s pardon.