“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

John Wilkes Booth

Escape of an Assassin

John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. John Wilkes Booth Marker
War on the Chesapeake Bay

Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylanders’ hearts throughout the Civil War: enslaved African-Americans and free United States Colored Troops; spies and smugglers; civilians imprisoned without trial to protect freedom; neighbors and families at odds in Maryland and faraway battlefields. From the Eastern Shore to the suburbs of Washington, eastern Maryland endured those strains of civil war in ways difficult to imagine today.

Those strains continued even after Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. John Wilkes Booth used the help of Southern Maryland’s Confederate underground during his flight from Washington, D.C. after shooting President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.

(Inset, lower left): Discover the story of Booth’s escape and other fascinating history for yourself as you drive through some of Maryland’s prettiest countryside and most charming small towns. Follow the sign of the bugle to learn about the war on the Chesapeake, visit the site of the war’s largest prison camp and follow Booth to his eventual capture south of the Potomac River.
Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland’s Civil War Trails.

Photo Captions: John Wilkes Booth • Mary E. Surratt • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd
The Two Civil War Trail Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 31, 2007
2. The Two Civil War Trail Markers
• Company of the 4th USCT, one of several infantry units formed in Maryland • Frederick Douglass • Harriet Tubman • Booth limps across the stage after shooting Lincoln.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 2.382′ N, 76° 19.324′ W. Marker is near Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Point Lookout Road, on its terminus loop (Maryland Route 5), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is in sight of the Point Lookout lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Point Lookout State Park (here, next to this marker); Point Lookout-Hammond Hospital (here, next to this marker); A Crucial Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Let There Be Light (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bustling Civil War Community (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Scotland.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .  A History of John Wilkes Booth. From the Ford’s Theatre website. (Submitted on May 5, 2007.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,126 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on . • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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