Thursday, February 18, 2016
At least there's a marker
Because I happen to live somewhat near there, I suddenly wondered one day last week if there is a historical marker and any surviving structures at the location where John Wilkes Booth, the assasin of President Lincoln, was shot and killed.
It turns out there is a marker. But not much else. And that's an interesting story, provided here in a well-written piece by Ben Swenson.
Where John Wilkes Booth died; the Garrett Farm
I had forgotten my history; because Booth was treated by Dr. Samuel Mudd in Maryland, I thought that he was killed at a location in Maryland. But the Garrett Farm is in Virginia.
Here's a direct link to the picture of the marker (if you're curious):
Historical marker, Garrett Farm
If you want to see where it is, I made a map for you. If you want to know where Port Royal is, use Google Maps. Ironically enough, the marker is adjacent to Fort A.P. Hill.
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