Clinton in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Safe House
—John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —
Surratt's son, John, Jr., a Confederate courier, came into contact with actor John Wilkes Booth in 1864. Booth planned to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln, and Surratt was to help convey Lincoln to Richmond. The tavern was to serve as a way-station during the kidnapping. Weapons and supplies were secreted here.
In December, 1864, Surratt's mother, Mary E. Surratt, rented out the tavern and moved to her other home on H Street in Washington. Booth visited there often, and two of his conspirators boarded with her briefly. Eventually, the kidnapping plan turned to assassination, and after Booth shot the president on April 14, 1865, he and accomplice David E. Herold came directly here to retrieve the weapons the conspirators had stashed earlier. They arrived at midnight, then headed south toward the hamlet of T.B.
Mrs. Surratt's tenant here later gave damaging testimony that sent her to the gallows on July 7, 1865 - the first woman executed by the federal government. Her son fled the country but was later returned for trial. The trial resulted in a hung jury.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 45.861′ N, 76° 53.855′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Brandywine Road (Maryland Route 381) 0.1 miles south of Woodyard Road (Maryland Road 223), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9110 Brandywine Road, Clinton MD 20735, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John Wilkes Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); Crucifix (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thrift School (approx. 2.7 miles away); His Lordship’s Kindness (approx. 3 miles away); Slaves’ Infirmary [on His Lordship’s Kindness] (approx. 3 miles away); U.S. Air Force Special Air Missions (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mount Airy (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
More about this marker. At the lower center of the marker is a drawing of Surrattsville, showing the Surratts Tavern at left. Inset with this image is a portrait of Mary E. Surratt.
Also see . . .
1. Surratt House Museum. The Surratt Society website, with John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours. (Submitted on May 21, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. John Wilkes Booth. Escape of an Assassin & War on Chesapeake Bay (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Surratt House. Prince Georges County Parks and Recreation. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,848 times since then and 130 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 6, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on December 14, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8. submitted on May 13, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.