NEW YORK TRIBUNE - MAY 15TH, 1865 EDITION; LINCOLN ASSASSINATION, TRIAL OF THE CONSPIRATORS

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Front Page – Highly Important – The Capture of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. He is surprised at Irwinsville GA, on 10th of May. Jeff Tries to escape in Women’s Clothes. The ex president to be brought directly to Washington.

(One of the origins of the fictitious accounts of the captured Jefferson Davis wearing his wife’s clothes. In reality, she only threw her shawl around his neck moments before he was captured. )

“the captors report the he hastily put on one of his wife’s dresses and started for the woods, closely followed by our men, what first thought him a woman, but seeing his boots while he was running, they suspected his sex at once”.

Full report of the capture of the Confederate President, and two different US Cavalry regiments mistakenly firing on each other during the process.

Front Page - The Assassination Trial  – Description of the first day of the public trial. Description of the courtroom and the manacled defendants.  Dr. Mudd, Arnold, Payne, Spangler, O’Laughlin, Atzerott, and Mrs. Surratt.

Long Transcript of testimony of Weichman against the conspirators and Mrs. Surratt. Page 6 and Front Page. His testimony, which was crucial to the conviction of Dr. Mudd and Mrs. Surratt, is still being debated for its truthfulness. Mrs. Surratt was the first woman hanged in US History.

Additional testimony from Detective Lee at the Kirkwood House about Atzerott, Mr. Lloyd at Surrattsville about Booth and Mrs. Surratt hiding carbines at the Surratt farm for the escape after the assassination.

Page 6 – The Assassination – The Trial of the Assassins – Important evidence Suppressed, Hon. Reverdy Johnson appears as counsel for Mrs. Surratt. Testimony of Detective Lee and Lewis A. Weichman. Atzerott’s quarters at the Kirkwood Hotel described (where Vice President Johnson was staying the night of the assassination).

Description of the courtroom and the defendants.

Accounts of shock in Europe over the assassination of Lincoln. (Front page and page 8)

Page 5 – Surrender of Confederate General Dick Tailor and his army in the south west. Terms of surrender listed for the rebel armies in Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. The same terms Lee accepted at Appomattox.

Confederate General Kirby Smith commanding the Trans-Mississippi in Texas and Louisiana urges his men not to surrender.

Page 2 – ads for R.H. Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Bon Ton, and Steinway Pianos.  [KM]

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