The Trial Today: May 29

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

  • Dr. Mudd’s cousin testified about when Dr. Mudd told him about Booth and Herold’s visit
  • Confederate plots to burn New York City and spread Yellow Fever throughout the Union were described
  • More defense witnesses for Dr. Mudd took the stand explaining his whereabouts in the months prior to the assassination
  • The newspaper reporters describe the physical toll relic hunters are having on the courtroom
  • Booth’s mistress, Ella Starr, made an appearance in the court room but did not testify

The May 29, 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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2 thoughts on “The Trial Today: May 29

  1. Jim Davis

    Dave: A neighbor mentioned that a knife with the initials JWB was found 50 years ago in the Zekiah
    Swamp. Did booth loose a knife in the swamp. I recall he had a knife on this person at the Garrett Farm.

    Congratulations on your marriage.

    Jim Davis, Leonardtown

    • Jim,

      I’ve never heard anything about Booth loosing a knife on his escape. As you note, when he was found at the Garrett farm he had the knife he used at Ford’s Theatre on him along with a pocket knife, so my guess is that the story you heard may be a piece of local folklore.

      Best,
      Dave

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