Yeah, he was a “war hero” in the eyes of many Americans but as you probably know a habeas corpus petition allows persons who are unlawfully imprisoned to gain freedom through Civil Court proceedings . . . a right that can only be suspended by the US Congress—not a General or even a US President. You’d think Jackson’s brash behavior would have resulted in completely “foiling” his political future; obviously not, as he would become the 7th US President a mere 17 years later.
At the request of WV Governor John Jacob Cornwell, federal troops had already been dispatched to Mingo County to deal with the striking coal miners.
The army officer in charge acted, theoretically, under the “Suspension Clause of Article I of the United States Constitution” . . . accounts show that he only jailed coal miners, and did not allow assembly of any kind. Jails filled up quickly because his soldiers somehow encountered only striking union miners, who were immediately imprisoned. Truth be told, striking miners were arrested and jailed, without any sort of trial.