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 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
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
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). Touch for map. 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. Marker is in this post office area: Newburg MD 20664, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Potomac Diversion (here, next to 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); a different marker also named “Cliffton” (approx. 1.2 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cedar Point (approx. 1.7 miles away); Crossing the Potomac (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newburg.
Categories. • Notable Events • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,123 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.