The Fugitives Seek Shelter
— John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —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.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:36pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 328456 N 4259842|
|Decimal Degrees||38.47041667, -76.96640000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 28.225', W 76° 57.984'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 28' 13.50" N, 76° 57' 59.04" W|
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|Area Code(s)||301, 240|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101 Rich Hill Farm Rd, Bel Alton MD 20611, US|
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