“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

— War on the Chesapeake Bay —

John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
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.

(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.
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Photo Captions: John Wilkes Booth • Mary E. Surratt • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd • 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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Booth's Escape, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1637.
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. It is in sight of the Point Lookout lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.
The Two Civil War Trail Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 31, 2007
2. The Two Civil War Trail 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 . . .  Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
John Wilkes Booth Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 19, 2017
3. John Wilkes Booth Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,783 times since then and 12 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.

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