Monday, June 29, 2015

Serendipity--that other day

The Washington Post reminds us of  a 150th anniversary tomorrow--June 30, 1865.

[F]ollowing a seven-week military trial at a hastily constructed courtroom on the third floor of what is now Grant Hall at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., the verdict was announced for the eight accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. That verdict, which was reached in a private meeting June 29, would send four of the defendants to the gallows, three to prison for life and an eighth to six years in prison.

See here for a trip report earlier this year to the site of the trial, hangings, and temporary burial sites, and see here for some more photography of the "court" room.

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