Newburg in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Wilkes Booth
Chasing Lincoln's 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, D.C., Maryland endured the strains of civil war in many 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.
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
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Booth's Escape, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 14, 1865.
Location. 38° 22.143′ N, 76° 57.648′ W. Marker is in Newburg, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker can be reached from Crain Highway (U.S. 301) south of Venus Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12480 Crain Hwy, Newburg MD 20664, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potomac Diversion (here, next to this marker); Ways to Explore Southern Maryland’s Scenic and Historic Routes (within shouting distance of this marker); Explore your Cheaspeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Southern Maryland’s Amazing Stories of Exploration, Hope, and Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Robert Crain (within shouting distance of this marker); Cliffton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wolleston Manor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Laidler's Ferry (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newburg.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.