Off into the Darkness
— John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —After assassinating President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice, David A. Herold, fled Washington for Southern Maryland, a hotbed of Confederate sympathizers. Concealed for several days in a pine thicket two miles northeast of here, the pair made their way over rough terrain to the Potomac River on the night of April 20, 1865. Guided by Thomas A. Jones, a Confederate signal agent, they traveled about a mile to the mouth of a small stream where Jones had hidden a rowboat. Before pushing the fugitives off into the darkness, Jones recommended they follow a compass heading that would take them across the river to Mathias Point and downstream to Machodoc Creek and the home of Elizabeth Quesenberry at present-day Dahlgren, Virginia.
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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||Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 10:09pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 326234 N 4251825|
|Decimal Degrees||38.39778333, -76.98986667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 23.867', W 76° 59.392'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 23' 52.02" N, 76° 59' 23.52" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 11410-11495 Popes Creek Rd, Newburg MD 20664, US|
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