St. Mary's Church and Cemetery

St. Mary's Church and Cemetery (HM5VY)

Location: Bryantown, MD 20617 Charles County
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N 38° 32.32', W 76° 50.454'

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Mudd Meets Booth

— John Wilkes Booth - Escape of An Assassin —

On November 13, 1864, here at St. Mary's CatholicChurch, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was introduced to JohnWilkes Booth, the future assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Booth had come to Charles County tocontact the Confederate underground here and recruitmen to help him kidnap the president. Mudd's wife, Sarah, later wrote:

"The first time I ever saw John Wilkes Booth was in November 1864. My husband went to BryantownChurch [St. Mary's] and was introduced to Booth by John Thompson, an old friend from Baltimore, whoasked my husband if he knew of anyone who had a good riding-horse for sale, to which, he replied, ?My nextneighbor has one.' Booth came to our home that eveningto see about buying the horse. The next morning afterbreakfast Booth and Dr. Mudd walked across the fieldto Squire George Gardener's. Booth soon returned, camein, got his overcoat, and rode away. The horse he purchased was sent to him at Bryantown that evening."

Booth and Mudd met several more times before the doctor set Booth's broken leg at Mudd's home on April 15, 1865. The Mudds are buried in the church cemeteryby the parking lot, to the left of the church. Dr. Muddwas born on December 20, 1833, and died on January10, 1883. Sarah Frances Dyer, his wife, was born on March 15, 1835, and died on December 29, 1911. The church cemetery contains the graves of several Mudd and Dyer relatives.

(Caption) The center part of St. Mary's Church was built in 1846, then in the 1890's it was enlarged to how we see it today. In 1866 the rectory was gutted by a fire and rebuilt. In the mid 1950's it was torn down and replaced with the current brick rectory.
HM NumberHM5VY
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 339557 N 4267190
Decimal Degrees38.53866667, -76.84090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.32', W 76° 50.454'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 19.20" N, 76° 50' 27.24" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-465 Notre Dame Pl, Bryantown MD 20617, US
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