The Trial Today: May 26

Here’s a sample of what occurred on this day in the Lincoln conspiracy trial:

  • Mary Surratt’s defense presented additional character witnesses and worked to explain why she traveled to her tavern on April 14th
  • Michael O’Laughlen’s brother-in-law showed that he surrendered himself to detectives
  • Further prosecution witnesses testified regarding the Confederacy’s prisoner of war camps and Confederate plots against the Union
  • Dr. Mudd’s defense brought witnesses to testify about his visits to Washington, D.C.
  • Passes to the trial were made out to known individuals including photographer Alexander Gardner on this date

The May 26, 1865 entry for the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators is now released and has more information. Please click here to access it. You can also access it through The Trial homepage.


Throughout May and June of 2020, I am publishing a day by day chronology of the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. This includes almost daily posts announcing the release of what happened at the conspiracy trial 155 years ago. For more information about the creation of this project please click here.

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