Bel Alton in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“the instrument of his punishment”
— John Wilkes Booth – Escape of an Assassin —
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, the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 14, 1865.
Location. 38° 27.78′ N, 76° 59.145′ W. Marker is in Bel Alton, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is at the intersection of Bel Alton Newtown Road and Wills Road, on the right when traveling north on Bel Alton Newtown Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bel Alton MD 20611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth and David Herold (a few steps from this marker); John Wilkes Booth (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rich Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Rich Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rich Hill Through the Years (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rich Hill Historic Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Saint Thomas Manor (approx. 2 miles away); Rise from the Ashes (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bel Alton.
More about this marker. On the middle of the marker is a copy of a "Page of Booth's diary justifying the assassination of President Lincoln." A portrait of Booth is between the diary page and a map of Booth's escape route. The map uses stars to indicate locations of other Civil War Trails sites related to Booth. On the lower left is a photo of "Rich Hill, home of Samuel Cox."
Also see . . . Booth's Escape Byway. (Submitted on January 16, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2008. This page has been viewed 7,932 times since then and 237 times this year. Last updated on January 7, 2011. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2008. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.