The Trial Today: June 8

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

  • A Maryland provost marshal discredited a prosecution witness’s claim of having warned the authorities about Dr. Mudd before the assassination
  • George Atzerodt’s neighbors in Port Tobacco testified about his whereabouts and his lack of courage
  • The court approved the arrests of several defense witnesses who had ignored their summons to appear
  • Two of Dr. Mudd’s neighbors recounted how the doctor told them about Lincoln’s assassination at the hands of Booth on April 15th
  • Testimony regarding clandestine Confederate activity burning Union boats was heard
  • Marcus Norton, one of the more questionable witnesses against Dr. Mudd, George Atzerodt, and Michael O’Laughlen was recalled for intense cross-examination

The June 8, 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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