Star Hotel

Star Hotel (HM2FM)

Location: Bowling Green, VA 22427 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 3.08', W 77° 20.843'

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Conspirator's Lair

Built approximately 1820, the Star Hotel was one of two taverns serving Bowling Green. During the Civil War, it was operated by the Henry Gouldman family, and became a notorious Confederate spy headquarters and safe haven to those who aided Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. About 12:30 a.m. on April 26, 1865, a 26-member Union posse comprised of the 5th New York Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Edward P. Doherty and two members of the National Detective Police, arrived at the hotel, following a tip that a Confederate named Willie Jett would likely be found there. Earlier, Jett had been spotted near Port Royal when escorted Booth and his accomplice David E. Herold across the Rappahannock.

Troops surrounded the building, entered and found Jett asleep in a room with the Gouldman's son Jesse, who was badly wounded from the battle of Petersburg. Expecting to find Booth, the soldiers mistook Jesse for the assassin, and nearly shot him which forced Jett to reveal he had left Booth at the Garrett farm. When he learned the troops had already passed there, Jett expressed grave doubt they would find Booth when they returned. Under arrest, Jett led the posse back to Garrett's, where he had left Booth for safe hiding.
HM NumberHM2FM
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294035 N 4214111
Decimal Degrees38.05133333, -77.34738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 3.08', W 77° 20.843'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 3' 4.80" N, 77° 20' 50.58" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 203 N Main St, Bowling Green VA 22427, US
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