Port Royal

Port Royal (HM2FK)

Location: Port Royal, VA 22535 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 10.228', W 77° 11.465'

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Booth Turned Away

— John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —

In front of you is the Brockenbrough-Peyton House where fugitives John Wilkes Booth and David Herold accompanied by three former Confederate soldiers arrived about 2:30 pm April 24, 1865, 10 days after Booth shot Lincoln.

The owner, Randolph Peyton, was not at home when the group arrived. His sister, Sarah Jane Peyton, admitted the men. Booth was described as a wounded Confederate soldier looking for a place to stay.

Booth made himself at home in the parlor, but Miss Peyton soon reconsidered and told the group that it would be improper for them to stay when the man of the house was not home. She directed them to the Garrett Farm.

(Sidebar): The Garrett Farm
Richard Henry Garrett operated a modest farm about three miles south of here. Booth and company arrived there during the afternoon of April 24, 1865. While Booth settled in with the Garretts, Federal soldiers were closing fast. In the early morning hours of April 26, members of the 16th New York Cavalry cornered Booth and Herold in the Garrett tobacco barn. Herold surrendered, but Booth stayed in the barn, which was set on fire. Booth made a break for the door but was shot. He died on the Garrett house front porch. Herold was later executed.
HM NumberHM2FK
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308063 N 4226997
Decimal Degrees38.17046667, -77.19108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 10.228', W 77° 11.465'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 10' 13.68" N, 77° 11' 27.90" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-314 King St, Port Royal VA 22535, US
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