“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Denton in Caroline 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.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 3, 2007
1. John Wilkes Booth Marker
Inscription.  Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylander’s 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
Rural Life Museum image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 3, 2007
2. Rural Life Museum
Marker is in the front yard of this dwelling previously owned by John Emerson, Chief Election Judge during the vote for the new Maryland Constitution.
enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland’s Civil War Trails.

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° 53.224′ N, 75° 49.926′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Gay Street, on the right when traveling north on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maryland's Eastern Shore (here, next to this marker); Revolution or Fraud? (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caroline Court House (about 300 feet away); On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt (about 400 feet away); President Roosevelt's Speech
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(about 400 feet away); Great Wars of World Conflict (about 500 feet away); Two Neighbors * Two Governors * Two States (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
More about this marker. This same marker is in St. Charles and Port Tobacco, Charles County and Scotland, St. Mary's County
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 . . .  Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,390 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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Feb. 27, 2021