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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Pursuers of Booth the Assassin”

Alexandria National Cemetery

 
 
Peter Carroll, Samuel N. Gosnell, Geo. W. Huntington, Christopher Farley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 20, 2011
1. Peter Carroll, Samuel N. Gosnell, Geo. W. Huntington, Christopher Farley Marker
Inscription.
In Memory
of
Peter Carroll
Samuel N. Gosnell
Geo. W. Huntington
Christopher Farley

who lost their lives, April 24, 1865
while in pursuit of Booth the assassin
of our beloved President
Abraham Lincoln.

 
Erected 1922 by the U.S. Government.
 
Location. 38° 48.103′ N, 77° 3.493′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Cemetery Circle south of Wilkes Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The cemetery is six blocks west of So. Patrick Street (US Hwy 1) via Wilkes Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1450 Wilkes Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexandria National Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); A National Cemetery System (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooff's Run Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The West End (about 500 feet away); The Duke Street Tanyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 1 (approx.
The head stones for Peter Carroll, Samuel N. Gosnell, Geo. W. Huntington & Christopher Farley image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 20, 2011
2. The head stones for Peter Carroll, Samuel N. Gosnell, Geo. W. Huntington & Christopher Farley
- on either side of the "Pursuers of Booth the Assassin" monument at Alexandria National Cemetery.
0.2 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1323 Duke Street – From Slavery to Freedom and Service (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Alexandria [Va.] National Cemetery. "... One large granite boulder memorial was erected by the U.S. government on July 7, 1922, in honor of the Pursuers of President Lincolnís Assassin. The four men were Quartermaster Corps employees who drowned in the Potomac River on April 24, 1865, while pursuing John Wilkes Booth." (Submitted on April 2, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Find a Grave: Peter Carroll Samuel N. Gosnell Geo. W. Huntington Christopher Farley. (Submitted on April 2, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. More than 229 U.S.C.T.s buried at Alexandria National Cemetery. (Submitted on April 2, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. "Dreadful Accident, Collision between Steamboats on the Potomac...". New York Times April 27, 1865. [Along with approx. fifty homeward-bound soldiers, recently freed from Southern prison camps at the end of the war, the four Quartermaster Corps employees were apparently killed aboard the Black Diamond in this collision
Alexandria National Cemetery, ceremonial lawn near marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 20, 2011
3. Alexandria National Cemetery, ceremonial lawn near marker
- while that vessel was on "picket" duty, hoping to thwart any attempt by the assassin John Wilkes Booth to escape the manhunt in Maryland by slipping across the river in this vicinity.] (Submitted on April 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

5. Alexandria National Cemetery. (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Form. "Four Quartermaster Corps employees (Peter Carroll, Samuel N. Gosnell, George W. Huntington, and Christopher Farley), who drowned in the Rappahannock River on April 24, 1865, while in pursuit of Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, are buried in Section A, Graves 3174-3177. On July 7, 1922, a special monument was erected by the United States in memory of these men. The monument is a bronze tablet on a granite boulder base, about 3' x 3' and 3' high, and located in the center of the cemetery on a terraced wall." (Submitted on March 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth; U.S. Army Quartermaster Department; Soldiers Cemetery; USCT.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
"United States National Military Cemetary, established 1862. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 20, 2011
4. "United States National Military Cemetary, established 1862.
Interments 3590: Known 3487, Unknown 103."
The entrance to Alexandria National Cemetery off Wilkes Street image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 20, 2011
5. The entrance to Alexandria National Cemetery off Wilkes Street
Peter Carroll image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 8, 2014
6. Peter Carroll
Civ. Emp.
QMD
April 24 1865
Samuel N Gosnell image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 8, 2014
7. Samuel N Gosnell
Civ. Emp.
QMD
April 24 1865
George W Huntington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 8, 2014
8. George W Huntington
Civ. Emp.
QMD
April 24 1865
Christian Farley image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 8, 2014
9. Christian Farley
Civ. Emp.
QMD
April 24 1865
Virginia Historic Landmark - plaque at the Cemetery superintendentís lodge/gatehouse image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 20, 2011
10. Virginia Historic Landmark - plaque at the Cemetery superintendentís lodge/gatehouse
Civil War re-enactors on parade at Alexandria National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 1993
11. Civil War re-enactors on parade at Alexandria National Cemetery
USCT re-enactors firing a salute in honor of Black image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 2003
12. USCT re-enactors firing a salute in honor of Black
Civil War vets interred at the Alexandria National Cemetery.
Wanted poster for "The Murderer" and his "accomplices" image. Click for full size.
1865
13. Wanted poster for "The Murderer" and his "accomplices"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,192 times since then and 97 times this year. Last updated on May 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10. submitted on April 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   11, 12. submitted on April 3, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   13. submitted on May 13, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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