June 24, 1865

Saturday, June 24, 1865

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The court did not meet today being adjourned until Tuesday, June 27th.

As had been officially started on June 20th, each of the conspirators were given their daily time outside of their cells in the open air.[1]


Recollections

From General Kautz’ diary:

“I took a ride to the Congressional burying ground. These grounds are badly kept. Everything seems to be going to ruin. The tombs, stones and the enclosures many of them falling down.”[2]

David Herold would later be interred at Congressional Cemetery in an unmarked grave in his family plot (pictured below). Many other witnesses from the trial including William Wood, Frank Munroe, Dr. James Hall, John Buckingham, Peter Taltavull, and William Browning, are also buried there. Through revitalization efforts, Congressional Cemetery is in a much better condition today than it was when Gen. Kautz visited it.


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[1] John F. Hartranft, The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators: Their Confinement and Execution, as Recorded in the Letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft, ed. Edward Steers, Jr. and Harold Holzer (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2009), 131.
[2] August V. Kautz, June 25, 1865 diary entry (Unpublished diary: Library of Congress, August V. Kautz Papers).

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