William H. McCardle

  • Unidentified, William H. McCardle, ca. 1835, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Annie Fort McCardle, 1964.12.1

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Colonel William H. McCardle, a journalist and Civil War veteran, was the editor of the Vicksburg Times in Mississippi during the Reconstruction period. He used the newspaper to express his disdain for Union troops occupying the South, and General Edward O. C. Ord, a Northern officer, took offense and had the journalist arrested. McCardle called his arrest a violation of his constitutional right to freedom of the press, and after losing in the lower court, he eventually won his case in the Supreme Court.

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“He was a man of most positive character and entirely devoid of policy. He always acted from principle, possessing both moral and physical courage to an eminent degree.” Anonymous biographer

William H. McCardle
ca. 1835
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2 1/8 x 2 in. (5.4 x 5.1 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Annie Fort McCardle

  • Portrait male – McCardle, William H. – bust
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