The Trial Today: June 28

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

  • Assistant Judge Advocate John Bingham (left) presented his verbose closing argument against all of the conspirators
  • Defense lawyer Thomas Ewing tried to read a paper to the court pointing out Bingham’s errors but was denied
  • The public and press left the courtroom for the final time as the next two days of deliberation were done behind closed doors
  • One of the soldiers assigned as a messenger to the court later gave his impression of the conspirators

The June 28, 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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