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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Where John Wilkes Booth was killed

On his way to Richmond, a few weeks ago, on Highway 301, south of Port Royal, Bob passed this marker along the road that marks the spot where John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin was killed. Apparently the largest manhunt up to that time, it lasted two weeks. The Smithsonian Associates has an interesting page called Civil War Studies.org that gives all the details of his escape route, how he was tracked down and killed along with Washington DC sites connected with the assassination and photographs of the people and places involved. Bob thought with all the talk about Abraham Lincoln surrounding the inauguration of Barack Obama that you might find this of interest. If you are REALLY interested in reading more - here's a link to another site that gives tours of The Original John Wilkes Booth Escape Route!

Signs along Highway 1, a Blue Star Highway where John Wilkes Booth was killed

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