Sunday, April 30, 1865

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Army Events:

Operation: Brashear City, LA April 30 - May 12, 1865
Operations: Canyon City Road, OR January 1 - November 30, 1865
Scout: Fort Cummings, New Mexico Territory April 28 - May 13, 1865
Operation: Fort Laramie, Nebraska Territory April 1 - May 27, 1865
Expedition to: Georgetown, GA April 17 - 30, 1865
Scouts: Licking, MO April 1 - 30, 1865
Campaign: Mobile, AL March 17 - May 4, 1865
Operation: Shenandoah Valley, VA April 26 - May 5, 1865
Expedition from: St. Louis, MO April 29 - June 11, 1865
Expedition to: Union Springs, AL April 17 - 30, 1865

(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer.)


Naval Events:

The eight suspects in the Lincoln assassination plot who had been imprisoned on monitors U.S.S. Montauk and Saugus were transferred to the Arsenal Penitentiary, located in the compound of what is today Fort McNair. This was also the site of their trial by a military tribunal which returned its verdict on 30 June 1865. Three of the eight, along with Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, were hanged in the prison yard of the penitentiary on 7 July--Lewis Paine who made the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Secretary of State Seward; George A. Atzerodt who had been designated by Booth to murder Vice President Johnson; and David E. Herold who had accompanied Booth in his escape from the city. Michael O'Laughlin and Samuel B. Arnold, boyhood friends of Booth and conspirators in the actor's earlier plans to abduct President Lincoln and in his later plans to assassinate the government's top officials, were sentenced to life in prison. Another accomplice, Edward Spangler, stagehand at the Ford Theater was sentenced to six years in prison. The remaining two of the eight who had been incarcerated on the monitors--Ernest Hartman Richter, a cousin of Atzerodt, and João Celestino, a Portuguese sea captain--were released without being brought to trial.

(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)


Additional Information:

Federal Major General Edward R. S. Canby, USA, meets with Confederate Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, CSA, near Mobile, Alabama, to discuss and agree on an end to hostilities, and the surrender of the remaining Confederate forces in Alabama and Mississippi.

U. S. President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train arrives at Indianapolis, Indiana.

(Source: The Chronological Tracking Of The American Civil War Per The Offical Records Of The War of the Rebellion pp. 1-336. Ronald A. Mosocco.)




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