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John Wilkes Booth captured not far from Colonial Beach

Where Booth Died roadside marker



Born on a farm near Bel Air, Maryland, on May 10, 1838, John Wilkes Booth was the ninth of ten children of Junius Brutus Booth (see photo below) and Mary Ann Holmes. John's parents had moved to the United States from Britain in 1821. His father Junius was one of the most famous actors on the American stage.

Actor Junius Brutus Booth Fathered Ten Children Including Assassin John Wilkes Booth, 1848

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John took to the stage as well, and followed in his father's footsteps. In 1860 his career really took off and he was earning great money.

John Wilkes Booth Enters Lincoln's Box

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On April 14, Booth stopped by at Ford's Theatre to pick up his mail. At that time, he was told that President Abraham Lincoln was planning to attend the evening performance there of the play entitled Our American Cousin. It was during the performance of that play at 10:15pm that John Wilkes Booth shot him.

Reward Poster for the Murderer of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth and Accomplices

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Just a short time later, at around midnight, Booth and his accomplices stopped at Surratt's Tavern in Maryland to pick up some weaponry. The next day, the group stopped at Dr. Samuel Mudd's house to have John's injured leg set. A day after that, on April 16th, they sought assistance at the home of Samuel Cox. He wasn't much help so from April 16 through the 21st, they hid in the woods near the Potomac River in Maryland.


John Wilkes Booth Captured in Virginia

On the 22nd, they set sail for Virginia but mistakenly went upriver rather than across. Eventually, they found their way and found a cabin on Lucas' Farm to sleep in the next day. On April 24, they crossed the Rappahannock River and arrived at Garrett's Farm near Port Royal, Virginia and the next day, the group was captured by soldiers there at the farm and John Wilkes Booth was shot.

The finger points the way to where Booth was captured.
The sign says it all

Perhaps you can land a spot on the wildly popular 12-hour Escape Route Tour which is offered in April and May and again in the Fall during September and October. See this site: http://surrattmuseum.org/su_bert.html

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UPDATE: March 2014 The area is marked as protected. Do Not Enter. It is still possible to park beside the Virginia Historical Highway Marker which tells the story of Booth's capture, but the area across Route 301 in the median is not accessible. More details here

John Wilkes Booth Site New Signage

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