Talk:John H. Salmon

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An interesting legal case which moved through various courts during the period between military rule (1867) and when Virginia was readmitted into the union (1870). Some of the factors related to his discharge(?): Act to Provide for the More Efficient Government of the Rebel States; Major General Edward Canby assigned to the First Military District in April 1869 until January 1870 - ending Reconstruction in the state and Canby's tenure; case moved between county and city courts; rusticated and newly elected court officials etc. This case would make for an interesting thesis or a dissertation. Jmh6d (talk) 11:55, 19 October 2023 (EDT)

I personally had no idea that the resolution of Salmon's case was so closely tied with Reconstruction politics in Virginia - I would definitely like to explore the postwar military government of Albemarle County/Charlottesville further in the future as it is a historical era I know little to nothing about. Thanks as always for your great additions to the article, Jmh6d! I've missed our exchanges this last month, it's always a pleasure to watch you work. Welder20 (talk) 23:27, 19 October 2023 (EDT)
Nice to be missed ;-) After reading a few newspaper articles on the Salmon case, it would appear the Judge HAD to vacate the conviction after Salmon's attorney found a "loophole." My guess, a loophole created during the hurried transition of the courts from military rule. Regarding local Reconstruction politics, I found the year 1870 interesting as to how Charlottesville's (appointed) Mayor T. W. Savage and the members of the Board of Aldermen dealt with the transition of power. Hint - it did not run smoothly. Teackle W. Savage was an interesting person, his article is still very much a draft. ~ Jmh6d (talk) 21:19, 20 October 2023 (EDT)
I'm glad to hear that you've been exploring the Northern United States and immersing yourself in the history there, your travels in that region certainly sound like an enjoyable adventure I would like to experience for myself one day. From a brief scan of the articles on the subjects you mentioned above, I believe you are absolutely correct as to your insight on Reconstruction politics permeating through all spheres of Virginian life (such as local legal proceedings in Salmon's case) during the postwar era. The history of the First Military District as a whole certainly seems a topic that holds great potential for more attention in mainstream historical writing. Welder20 (talk) 15:23, 22 October 2023 (EDT)
One of those rare cases to be dismissed for speedy trial infractions? ~ Jmh6d (talk) 18:46, 25 October 2023 (EDT)
Hard for me to say in terms of rarity. My guess, however, is that these kinds of logistical oversights were a common occurrence in the state during the era of Reconstruction. Postwar governance is usually a rushed, ad hoc affair in an effort to quickly establish some semblance of order, and for a territory as ravaged as Virginia in the aftermath of the Civil War (where Albemarle County itself largely fared better than many other locales) it seems likely that many cases such as these would slip through the cracks in the context of the general disarray of infrastructure and institutions. Welder20 (talk) 18:49, 29 October 2023 (EDT)