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Near Annapolis in Anne Arundel 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 A. Taylor, March 2, 2014
1. John Wilkes Booth Marker
Inscription.  Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylander's 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.

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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
John Wilkes Booth Marker with the Sandy Point Lighthouse in the background image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, March 2, 2014
2. John Wilkes Booth Marker with the Sandy Point Lighthouse in the background
enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland's Civil War Trails.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Booth Escape Byway, and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.676′ N, 76° 23.85′ W. Marker is near Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from South Beach Road 0.8 miles south of Oceanic Drive. The marker is in Sandy Point State Park, near the beach at the south end of the road, near the main bath house/summer store. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis MD 21409, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sandy Point Farm (here, next to this marker); Tense Time (approx. mile away); Annapolis Laboratory (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fort Nonsense (approx. 4.2 miles away); British Takeover (approx. 4.4 miles away); Broad Creek Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Gold Star Families Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Also see . . .  Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sandy Point State Park image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, March 2, 2014
3. Sandy Point State Park
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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