Newburg in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Wilkes Booth
Escape of an Assassin
— War on the Chesapeake Bay —
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
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.
Erected by Maryland 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 Maryland Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 38° 22.145′ N, 76° 57.646′ W. Marker is in Newburg, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker can be reached from Crain Highway (U.S. 301) 0.7 miles south of Rock Point Road (Maryland Route 257). Marker is in front of the Maryland Visitor Center building, about 1/10 mile east of Crain Highway. The visitor center is also known as Crain Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 CourageIn Memory of Robert Crain (within shouting distance of this marker); Cliffton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wolleston Manor (approx. 0.6 miles away); 300 Year Old Southern Red Oak (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newburg.
Also see . . .
1. Booth's Escape Byway. (Submitted on January 17, 2019.)
2. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum. (Submitted on January 17, 2019.)
3. Surratt House Museum. (Submitted on January 17, 2019.)
4. St. Catharine, land's National Register Properties. St. Catharine is also known as the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House (Submitted on January 17, 2019.)
5. Surratt House, Maryland's National Register Properties. (Submitted on January 17, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,388 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 15, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 2. submitted on January 25, 2019. 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on January 17, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.