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

Near St. Charles in Charles 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 Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. John Wilkes Booth Marker
Inscription.  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, 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.

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 history and beauty of Maryland’s
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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.
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° 36.567′ N, 76° 49.433′ W. Marker is near St. Charles, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Dr. Samuel Mudd Road (Maryland Route 232) south of 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. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd (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.
More about this marker. This marker is at the entrance to The Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum.
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.
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 Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
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 2,924 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. 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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Feb. 28, 2021