Carlisle v. United States
83 U.S. 147

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Carlisle v. United States, 83 U.S. 16 Wall. 147 147 (1872)

Carlisle v. United States

83 U.S. (16 Wall.) 147




1. Aliens domiciled in the United States in 1862 were engaged in manufacturing saltpeter in Alabama and in selling that article to the Confederate States, knowing that it was to be used by them in the manufacture of gunpowder for the prosecution of the war of the rebellion. Held that they thus gave aid and comfort to the rebellion.

2. The doctrine of Hanauer v. Doane, 12 Wall. 342, that

"he who, being bound by his allegiance to a government, sells goods to the agent

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of an armed combination to overthrow that government, knowing that the purchaser buys them for that treasonable purpose, is himself guilty of treason or a misprision thereof"

repeated and affirmed.

3. Aliens domiciled in the United States owe a local and temporary allegiance to the government of the United States; they are bound to obey all the laws of the country not immediately relating to citizenship during their residence in it, and are equally amenable with citizens for any infraction of those laws. Those aliens who, being domiciled in the country prior to the rebellion, gave aid and comfort to the rebellion were therefore subject to be prosecuted for violation of the laws of the United States against treason and for giving aid and comfort to the rebellion.

4. The proclamation of the President of the United States dated December 25, 1868, granting

"unconditionally and without reservation to all and to every person who directly or indirectly participated in the late insurrection or rebellion a full pardon and amnesty for the offense of treason against the United States or of adhering to their enemies during the late civil war, with restoration o

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