John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth (HM20)

Location: Port Tobacco, MD 20677 Charles County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 30.671', W 77° 1.194'

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Escape of an Assassin

— War on the Chesapeake Bay —

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.

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 enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland's Civil War Trails.

Photo Captions:John Wilkes Booth · Mary E. Surratt · Dr. Samuel A. Mudd · Company of the 4th USCT, one of several infantry units formed in Maryland · Frederick Douglass · Harriet Tubman · Booth limps across the stage after shooting Lincoln.
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HM NumberHM20
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series.
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:44am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323887 N 4264467
Decimal Degrees38.51118333, -77.01990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.671', W 77° 1.194'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 40.26" N, 77° 1' 11.64" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30800-30850 Warehouse Landing Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677, US
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