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Near St. Charles in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd

Treating an Assassin


— John Wilkes Booth – Escape of An Assassin —

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Marker
Inscription.  This house was the home of Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd and his wife, Sarah Frances Dyer. Early on the morning of April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth arrived here with a companion, David E. Herold, and asked Mudd to set Booth’s broken leg. Afterward, as Booth rested in an upstairs bedroom, Mudd rode into Bryantown, then returned home late in the afternoon to find his visitors departing.

Questioned later by U.S. authorities, Mudd claimed he did not recognize Booth or know that he was being sought, and only learned of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in Bryantown. Other witnesses stated, however, that late in 1864, Booth had met Mudd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, below Bryantown, while visiting Charles County ostensibly to purchase real estate. He then came here, spent the night, and bought a horse from Mudd’s neighbor. Mudd allegedly
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By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
2. Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd
accompanied Booth into Bryantown and introduced him to a friend, Confederate agent Thomas Harbin. A few days later, a witness stated, Mudd met Booth again in Washington and introduced him to John H. Surratt.

Charged with conspiring with Booth from the beginning, Mudd claimed that the earlier meetings were innocent, Booth had been disguised on April 15, and he had only done his duty as a physician. Convicted and sentenced to life in prison at Fort Jefferson in the Florida Keys, Mudd distinguished himself treating sick prisoners and guards alike during a deadly 1867 yellow fever epidemic. President Andrew Johnson pardoned him in 1869. Mudd died here on January 10, 1883.
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: #17 Andrew Johnson, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 38° 36.567′ N, 76° 49.433′ W. Marker is near St. Charles,
John Wilkes Booth’s Route image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
3. John Wilkes Booth’s Route
Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Dr. Samuel Mudd Road (Maryland Route 232) near Poplar Hill Road (Maryland Route 382). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waldorf MD 20601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth (here, next to this marker); Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Mudd's House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Village of Bryantown (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Charles.
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 . . .
1. John Wilkes Booth Trail. A set of markers related to the John Wilkes Booth escape. (Submitted on January 2, 2008, by Alvin Brockway of Burke, Virginia.) 

2. Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,292 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 6, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 5, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on April 6, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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