The Trial Today: June 26

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. Lew Wallace, of the commission, wrote to his wife on this date that he expected, “Three, if not four, of the eight will be acquitted”
  • Today, I show the sketches Lew Wallace made of the conspirators while in the courtroom like the one pictured above.
  • Six of David Herold’s sisters visited with their brother in the empty courtroom for three hours

The June 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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