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

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd

Treating an Assassin


—John Wilkes Booth – Escape of An Assassin —

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Marker
Inscription. This house was the home of Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd and his wife, Sarah Frances Dyer. Early on the morning of April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth arrived here with a companion, David E. Herold, and asked Mudd to set Booth’s broken leg. Afterward, as Booth rested in an upstairs bedroom, Mudd rode into Bryantown, then returned home late in the afternoon to find his visitors departing.

Questioned later by U.S. authorities, Mudd claimed he did not recognize Booth or know that he was being sought, and only learned of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in Bryantown. Other witnesses stated, however, that late in 1864, Booth had met Mudd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, below Bryantown, while visiting Charles County ostensibly to purchase real estate. He then came here, spent the night, and bought a horse from Mudd’s neighbor. Mudd allegedly accompanied Booth into Bryantown and introduced him to a friend, Confederate agent Thomas Harbin. A few days later, a witness stated, Mudd met Booth again in Washington and introduced him to
Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
2. Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd
John H. Surratt.

Charged with conspiring with Booth from the beginning, Mudd claimed that the earlier meetings were innocent, Booth had been disguised on April 15, and he had only done his duty as a physician. Convicted and sentenced to life in prison at Fort Jefferson in the Florida Keys, Mudd distinguished himself treating sick prisoners and guards alike during a deadly 1867 yellow fever epidemic. President Andrew Johnson pardoned him in 1869. Mudd died here on January 10, 1883.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 36.567′ N, 76° 49.433′ W. Marker is near St. Charles, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Dr. Samuel Mudd Road (Maryland Route 232) near Poplar Hill Road (Maryland Route 382). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waldorf MD 20601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth (here, next to this marker);
John Wilkes Booth’s Route image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
3. John Wilkes Booth’s Route
Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Mudd's House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Village of Bryantown (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Charles.
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 . . .
1. Biography and Images of Dr. Samuel Mudd. From the Famous Trials website by Douglas O. Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. (Submitted on April 6, 2007.) 

2. John Wilkes Booth Trail. A set of markers related to the John Wilkes Booth escape. (Submitted on January 2, 2008, by Alvin Brockway of Burke, Virginia.) 
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Categories. War, US Civil
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