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In Richmond, former Confederate president Jefferson Davis appears in federal court under a writ of habeas corpus and is released on bail.

Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis appearing in federal court in Richmond, Virginia, May 13, 1867, artist's impression, detail.

After a long delay, Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy, had been released two days earlier from Fort Monroe, Virginia, under a writ of habeas corpus to attend federal district court under his indictment for treason of May 10, 1866 and an earlier charge handed down in Norfolk, Virginia the year before.  He appeared in the courtroom packed with both former Confederate and Northern personalities and was transferred from military to civilian jurisdiction. Judge John C. Underwood confirmed the indictments and Davis was arrested by federal marshals and then released on $100,000 bail.  Among those helping to pay the bail that set the accused free after two years of confinement were Horace Greeley and Gerrit Smith.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

Armistead C. Gordon, Jefferson Davis (New York: Charles Scribner's, 1918), 267-268.
"The Trial of Jefferson Davis," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine, June 1, 1867, p. 172.