Wilbur F. Storey, c. 1870

Censoring the Press

On June 1, 1863, shortly after Clement L. Valladingham’s arrest, General Ambrose E. Burnside suspended the Chicago Times, a Democratic newspaper operated by Wilbur Storey. To the dismay of many Unionists who supported Burnside’s action, Lincoln revoked the order a few days later and the paper quickly resumed operations. Although Lincoln did not actively censor the press, his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus allowed Union officers to arrest many editors during the course of the war.