Near Marshallton in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—the Slave Boy at the Assassination of Lincoln —
The Slave boy who helped Booth escape the night of Lincoln’s assassination, but told the Union soldiers the next day the direction Booth took, thus aiding in his capture.
Location. 39° 56.852′ N, 75° 40.709′ W. Marker is near Marshallton, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Northbrook Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is at the far south east corner of the Bradford Cemetery at the tree line. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 Northbrook Road, West Chester PA 19380, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Marshallton Historic District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marshalton Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humphry Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Martins Tavern and The Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Martin's Tavern or Center House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tavern Fare (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humphrey Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Court of Quarter Sessions (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marshallton.
Also see . . . Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum - Nathan Simms. (Submitted on March 23, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
1. Helping to catch a President Killer:
Nathan Simms was a young slave who lived at the home of Mary Surratt near Washington, DC in 1865. He later moved to Marshallton, Pennsylvania. As Nathan tells it he held the reins of actor John Wilkes Booth's horse while Booth was in Ford's Theatre the night Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. At the time Nathan didn't know what had happened, but the next day when he found out he told the Union solders which way Booth had ridden off, thus aiding in Booth's capture. - See the Lincoln Library Web site for more information.
— Submitted March 23, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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