The Trial Today: June 24

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

  • The court did not meet in order to allow the prosecution time to finish their closing arguments
  • Gen. Kautz, of the commission, visited Congressional Cemetery where David Herold (and many others from the trial) would later be buried

The June 24, 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: June 24

  1. Barry Cauchon

    This has been a great summary of the trial Dave. Keep it up. As the date of July 7 creeps closer, it always amazes me how fast the transition from trial to punishment took place. But I don’t want to give away the ending to your amazing storytelling so I’ll check back in with you as that date becomes more imminent.

    • To be honest, Barry, I really limited myself to the trial only and don’t really go into the appeal for a writ for Mary Surratt, the execution, or the rest of it. I figured I know a couple of guys who have gone into that, and the big details about the imprisonment itself. So, I do have a question for you. When reading Hartranft’s Letterbook it seems clear at first that the conspirators were given time outdoors separately rather than together. It’s less definite as the days go on and then we have accounts, like from Arnold’s memoirs, of the conspirators exercising together. Do you think this is true? More and more I’m wondering if the shared time outdoors didn’t start until after the execution.

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