Near Bryantown in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Mary’s Church and Cemetery
Mudd Meets Booth
—John Wilkes Booth – Escape of An Assassin —
“The first time I ever saw John Wilkes Booth was in November 1864. My husband went to Bryantown Church [St. Mary’s] and was introduced to Booth by John Thompson, an old friend from Baltimore, who asked my husband if he knew of anyone who had a good riding-horse for sale, to which, he replied, ‘My next neighbor has one.’ Booth came to our home that evening to see about buying the horse. The next morning after breakfast Booth and Dr. Mudd walked across the field to Squire George Gardener’s. Booth soon returned, came in, got his overcoat, and rode away. The horse he purchased was sent to him at Bryantown that evening.”
Booth and Mudd met several more times before the doctor set Booth’s broken leg at Mudd’s home on April 15, 1865. The Mudds are buried in the church cemetery by the parking lot, to the left of the church. Dr. Mudd was born on December 20, 1833, and died on January 10, 1883. Sarah Frances Dyer, his wife, was born on March 15, 1835, and died on December 29, 1911.
(Caption) The center part of St. Mary’s Church was built in 1846, then in the 1890’s it was enlarged to how we see it today. In 1866 the rectory was gutted by a fire and rebuilt. In the mid 1950’s it was torn down and replaced with the current brick rectory.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 32.32′ N, 76° 50.454′ W. Marker is near Bryantown, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Olivers Shop Road (Maryland Route 232) 1.2 miles south of Leonardtown Road (Maryland Route 5). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bryantown MD 20617, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mary’s Church ( a few steps from this marker); Boarman's Manor ( within shouting distance of this marker); Rev. Lawrence Anthony Bender, S.S. ( approx. ¼ mile away); Village of Bryantown ( approx. 1.1 miles away); Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House ( approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bryantown.
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Also see . . . Dr. Samuel Mudd, Lincoln Co-conspirator. (Submitted on April 7, 2007.)
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches, Etc. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,980 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.