Just 10 years after President Lincoln's assassination, his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, was charged with insanity and put on trial in Chicago. The accuser was her only surviving son, Robert Lincoln. The trial was held on May 19, 1875 and she had received no prior warning or chance to organise a defense. The jury deliberated for only 10 minutes and she was institutionalized at Bellevue Place Asylum. Mary was released after less than 4 months but mother and son were never truly reconciled.
Extraordinary Araminta Harriet (Ross) Tubman, born a slave in 1820 to slave parents, escaped North and carried out 19 dangerous missions to the south to save 300 slaves (including her parents) thru the Underground Railroad. She helped recruit men for the Harper's Ferry Raid, worked as a scout and armed spy for the Union, and founded a home for aged African Americans. After the Civil War was outspoken advocate for women's suffrage. Amazing…(km)