Bowling Green in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Troops surrounded the building, entered and found Jett asleep in a room with the Gouldman’s son Jesse, who was badly wounded from the battle of Petersburg. Expecting to find Booth, the soldiers mistook Jesse for the assassin, and nearly shot him which forced Jett to reveal he had left Booth at the Garrett farm. When he learned the troops had already passed there, Jett expressed grave doubt they would find Booth when they returned. Under arrest, Jett
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
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 Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1935.
Location. 38° 3.08′ N, 77° 20.843′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (State Highway 2) and Courthouse Lane (Local Route 1204), on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green VA 22427, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caroline Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline County, Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Bowling Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Campaign of 1781 (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1864 Union Occupation of Bowling Green (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of the hotel captioned, "Shortly after this 1880s image was taken, the Star Hotel was purchased by a dentist and fully restored. Demolished in the 1940's, bricks from the hotel's massive cellar adorn the exterior of the present building (on the corner straight ahead), which was built as the Bowling Green Grille. The hotel's wraparound porches and windows were added to an 1825 Bowling Green estate known as Broadhurst, located a few blocks away on Virginia Avenue."
On the upper right a photo of the Garrett home is captioned, "This is the home of Richard Henry Garrett, as it looked during Booth's visit. The Garrett house fell to ruin in the late 1930s. Its site is situated in the median of U.S. Route 301, nine miles north of Bowling Green. The famous barn in which Booth was trapped was located on the right-of-way of present-day U.S. Route 301 South, approximately 300 feet from the house."
A portrait of Booth carries the description, "This John Wilkes Booth self-portrait is part of the Caroline Historical Society's museum collection, on loan from the Smithsonian Curator Emeritus Herbert R. Collins."
On the lower right is a portrait of "Private William Storke Jett, a CSA commissary agent assigned to Caroline, as he appeared in the mid-1870's. Jett met Booth and Herold at the Port Conway wharf, and took them to safe haven, leaving Booth at Garrett's, and Herold near Bowling Green. Jett's sweetheart, Izora, was the daughter of the Gouldmans. After Booth's killing, their engagement was ended, and Jett left Virginia in disgrace."
Also see . . . Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2008. This page has been viewed 4,504 times since then and 150 times this year. Last updated on April 10, 2018. Photos: 1. submitted on January 4, 2008. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.