The Trial Today: May 12

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

  • The defense attorneys made their first attempt arguing against the jurisdiction of the military commission
  • The first prosecution witnesses took the stand even though only three of the conspirators had any representation
  • Much of the testimony dealt with evidence that official agents of the Confederacy had plotted Lincoln’s assassination with John Wilkes Booth and the conspirators
  • General Ulysses S. Grant testified

The May 12, 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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One thought on “The Trial Today: May 12

  1. Graham Baldwin

    Amazing political cartoon. It speaks volumes about the expected fate of the defendants even before any evidence of guilt was introduced to the commission.

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