Near Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Wilkes Booth
Escape of an Assassin
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
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 (Submitted on May 5, 2007.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,283 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 5, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on May 5, 2007. 3. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.