The Trial Today: May 25

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

  • Several Union solders who had been held in prisoners of war camps in the Confederacy spoke about the terrible conditions they endured
  • Men and women formerly enslaved by Dr. Mudd testified about the doctor’s Confederate sympathies and activities
  • The first defense witnesses took the stand
  • Michael O’Laughlen’s friends testified about him having been nowhere near Edwin Stanton’s home
  • Frederick Aiken, lawyer for Mrs. Surratt, discovered that one of his defense witnesses lied to him
  • The courtroom was packed to the brim with visitors making it hard for the reporters to hear testimony

The May 25, 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: May 24

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

  • Due to the continuation of the Grand Review of the Armies, the court did not meet
  • Henry Kyd Douglas, a former Confederate officer, was imprisoned at the Old Arsenal Penitentiary for use as a future witness

The May 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: May 23

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

  • The Grand Review of the Armies started on this day, preventing the expected witnesses from appearing.
  • The defense attorneys signaled their agreement to start their cases during the next session so long as the future prosecution witnesses had no bearing on their individual clients’s cases.
  • David Herold spent additional time in the courtroom after the proceedings ended in order to complete some writing. Sadly, we do not know what his written statement consisted of.

The May 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: May 22

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

  • The court first met in secret session to hear continued testimony from perjurer, Sandford Conover
  • Capt. Edward Doherty of the 16th NY Cavalry testified about the capture of David Herold in company with John Wilkes Booth
  • Edman Spangler’s friendliness and helpfulness towards Booth was testified to
  • A letter from the War Department of the Confederacy was entered into evidence
  • The court was packed with visitors in town for the upcoming Grand Review of the Armies including General and Mrs. Custer.

The May 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: May 20

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

  • Witnesses from around Bryantown, Maryland described hearing the news of Lincoln’s assassination at the same time Dr. Mudd visited
  • The actions of Edman Spangler immediately after the shooting of Lincoln were called into question
  • Evidence of John Wilkes Booth’s time and banking in Canada was introduced
  • The court was cleared of visitors to hear more secret and perjured testimony

The May 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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The Trial Today: May 19

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

  • Witnesses described the arrests of Edman Spangler, Michael O’Laughlen and Lewis Powell
  • The attack on Secretary of State William Seward was described
  • Lewis Powell was made to put on the clothes he wore when attacking Seward
  • Confederate photographs found in Mary Surratt’s boardinghouse were entered into evidence

The May 19, 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: May 18

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

  • Testimony regarding Confederate plots to burn Union ships was introduced
  • The conditions of the box at Ford’s Theatre when Lincoln was shot was discussed
  • Samuel Arnold’s confession regarding the failed plot to abduct the president from Ford’s Theatre was heard through an intermediary witness
  • Twelve year-old Tad Lincoln, President Lincoln’s son, visited the courtroom

The May 18, 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: May 17

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

  • Testimony regarding Dr. Mudd’s interactions with the authorities who came to his house continued
  • The capture of David Herold and the killing of John Wilkes Booth was testified to by Boston Corbett
  • Booth’s diary likely made an appearance in the courtroom
  • Testimony was given in regards to George Atzerodt’s movements and flight from D.C.
  • The history of the horse used by Lewis Powell on the night of the assassination was traced back to Dr. Mudd’s neighbor

The May 17, 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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