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Clinton in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Wilkes Booth

Escape of an Assassin

 

—War on the Chesapeake —

 
John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2012
1. John Wilkes Booth Marker
Inscription. 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.

(Sidebar):
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.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series.
John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2012
2. John Wilkes Booth Marker
This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.879′ N, 76° 53.849′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Brandywine Road and Woolyard Road (Maryland Highway 223) on Brandywine Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton MD 20735, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named John Wilkes Booth (here, next to this marker); Surratt Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Crucifix (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thrift School (approx. 2.8 miles away); His Lordship’s Kindness (approx. 3 miles away); Slaves’ Infirmary [on His Lordship’s Kindness] (approx. 3 miles away); U.S. Air Force Special Air Missions (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mount Airy (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clinton.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2012
3. John Wilkes Booth Marker
John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2012
4. John Wilkes Booth Marker
John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2012
5. John Wilkes Booth Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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