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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The Trial Today: June 27

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

  • The final five witnesses of the trial testified including more perjured testimony
  • An 1864 advertisement offering to kill Lincoln, Seward, and Johnson for $1,000,000 was entered into evidence
  • The government presented their argument defending the use of a military trial
  • Mary Surratt was still too sick to attend the court today and so she stayed behind a closed door in her makeshift cell next to the courtroom

The June 27, 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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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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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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The Trial Today: June 23

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

  • A prosecution witness supported perjured testimony
  • Thomas Ewing presented three sets of closing arguments; one for Samuel Arnold, one for Dr. Mudd and one against the jurisdiction of the commission
  • Mrs. Surratt was too sick to appear in the courtroom today

The June 23, 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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The Trial Today: June 22

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

  • The court did not meet to give Thomas Ewing more time to work on his remaining closing arguments
  • The conspirators continued to receive their daily time outside in the same prison yard that would later contain the gallows

The June 22, 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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The Trial Today: June 21

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

  • William Doster presented his closing arguments for Lewis Powell, portraying him as having been indoctrinated by slavery, the Confederacy, and John Wilkes Booth
  • The other conspirators listened in rapt attention at the narrative of Powell’s life and even Powell’s eyes teared up for a bit at mention of his distant family
  • Doster presented his closing arguments for George Atzerodt, including his confession that he had joined a plot to abduct, not kill, the President
  • Frederick Aiken presented his closing argument for Mary Surratt, thoroughly attacking the credibility of the chief prosecution witnesses against her, Louis Weichmann and John M. Lloyd
  • Gen. Kautz, of the commissioners, described Aiken’s argument as “flowery” but “neither legal or logical”

The June 21, 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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The Trial Today: June 20

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

  • The prisoners started receiving daily time outdoors in the prison yard on this date
  • Thomas Ewing presented his closing arguments for Edman Spangler
  • An extension was granted to the remaining defense lawyers in order to give them time to finish their arguments

The June 20, 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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