“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bel Alton in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Rich Hill

The Fugitives Seek Shelter


—John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —

Rich Hill sign image. Click for full size.
By Alvin Brockway
1. Rich Hill sign
Inscription. After leaving Dr. Samuel A. Mudd's house on April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, and his accomplice David E. Herold avoided Zekiah Swamp and made a wide arc around the village of Bryantown. Unsure of their surroundings, they soon enlisted the aid of a guide, Oswell Swann, who led them across the swamp to Rich Hill, the home of Samuel Cox. They arrived here shortly after midnight on April 16. According to Swann, Cox admitted the pair to the house where they remained "3 or 4 hours." Cox, however, later denied that they came into the house, and a young servant girl supported his testimony. Nevertheless, Cox did arrange to conceal the pair in a nearby pine thicket for several days, where they received food, newspapers, and information. Rich Hill is now a private dwelling.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 28.225′ N, 76° 57.984′ W. Marker is in Bel Alton, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Bel Alton Newtown Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bel Alton MD 20611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Rich Hill Marker2 image. Click for full size.
May 26, 2007
2. Rich Hill Marker2
Civil War Trails Marker is beside the Maryland Historical Society Marker
markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Rich Hill (here, next to this marker); John Wilkes Booth and David Herold (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pine Thicket (approx. 1.2 miles away); Courthouse at Moore's Lodge (approx. 2˝ miles away); Chandler's Hope (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mulberry Grove (approx. 3 miles away); John Hanson (approx. 3 miles away); Saint Thomas Manor (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bel Alton.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a portrait of Samuel Cox. In the upper center is a photograph of Rich Hill. On the right is a map of the Booth escape route, with red stars indicating Civil War Trails sites along the route.
Also see . . .
1. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route. National Park Service article. (Submitted on January 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Rich Hill National Register Listing. Details the history and significance of the house. (Submitted on January 2, 2008.) 
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Categories. War, US Civil
Rich Hill Farm House image. Click for full size.
May 26, 2007
3. Rich Hill Farm House
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2008, by Alvin Brockway of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,977 times since then and 108 times this year. Last updated on January 2, 2008. Photos:   1. submitted on January 1, 2008, by Alvin Brockway of Burke, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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