The Taney Court (1836–64)


Which member of the Taney Court later joined the Confederate government?

The aforementioned Justice John Campbell joined the Confederate government as assistant secretary of war. He was in charge of enlisting men to fight in the war. After the war, Campbell was imprisoned for four months in Fort Pulaski, Georgia. President Andrew Johnson ordered his release, but Campbell was destitute upon his release. Campbell traveled to New Orleans and rebounded by establishing a very successful law practice. He once again became one of the country’s leading lawyers, arguing regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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