Mar 23

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich is the host for this series on John Wilkes Booth’s Escape. He is standing near Red Hill, the home of Colonel Samuel Cox who helped John Wilkes Booth and David Herold continue their escape through Maryland. Red Hill is in the background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich is the host for this series on John Wilkes Booth’s Escape. Mike was born and raised in Oneonta, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Oneonta State University. He received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Geology from the University of Connecticut. Mike worked as a Geologist for eleven years before becoming a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide in 1995. Michael Kanazawich is the author of the book Remarkable Stories of the Lincoln Assassination.

To contact Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich, and/or to inquire about his Gettysburg National Military Park Tours and his Lincoln Assassination/John Wilkes Booth Escape Tours, click here.

To see Mike Kanazawich’s previous series on the Lincoln assassination titled John Wilkes Booth’s Last Day in Washington, click here.

In the first post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich explained the actions of John Wilkes Booth and David Herold at Surratt’s Tavern in what is now Clinton, Maryland. He filmed these segments on February 12, 2012, the 203rd birthday of President Abraham Lincoln.

In the second post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich shows the residence of Dr. Samuel Mudd, the Bryantown Tavern, and Mudd’s grave at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In the today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich shows the location of Red Hill, the home of Samuel Cox, and the Pine Thicket where Booth and Herold stayed from April 16-21, 1865.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for the John Wilkes Booth’s Escape series. Videos #1-#3 were taken at the Surratt Tavern in what is now Clinton, Maryland. Video #4 was taken near the Samuel Mudd Farm. Video #5 was taken at the Bryantown Tavern. Video #6 was taken at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Video #7 was taken at Rich Hill. Video #8 was taken at the Pine Thicket in what is now Bel Alton, Maryland.This map was created facing north at approximately 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

This map shows us a closer view of the location taken of the videos for this post. Video #7 was taken at Rich Hill. Video #8 was taken at the Pine Thicket in what is now Bel Alton, Maryland. This map was created facing north at approximately 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

The wayside exhibit and the Rich Hill state historic marker are on Rich Hill Lane. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

In Video #7 (Videos #1-#6 were shown in our previous posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich is at Rich Hill, the home of Colonel Samuel Cox. He explains how John Wilkes Booth and David Herold arrived at Red Hill on April 16, 1865, and how Samuel Cox enlisted the help of his foster brother, Thomas Jones, to hide them.This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

A closer view of the state historic marker. The road on the right is the Bel Alton-Newtown Road. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

A closer view of the Rich Hill wayside marker. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Rich Hill is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It was constructed circa 1750 with alterations circa 1800, 1825, and the late 1800s. This view was taken facing northeast circa the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Samuel Cox, whose sympathy for the Southern cause was well known, hid Booth and David Herold on his Rich Hill farm on April 16, 1865. In the trials that followed Booth’s eventual death while trying to escape, Cox was convicted of aiding Booth in his flight. He was sentenced to seven weeks in prison. This view was taken circa the 1800s.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich is at the wayside for the Pine Thicket which is located in Bel Alton, Maryland. This view was taken facing south at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

In Video #8 Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich explains the conditions for John Wilkes Booth and David Herold when they were in the Pine Thicket for five days. This view was taken facing south at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

A closer view of the wayside exhibit for the Pine Thicket. This view was taken facing south at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

The state highway sign near the junction of Bel Alton Road, shown here, and Wills Road, which is out of sight on the left. Until 1891, Bel Alton was known as Cox’s Station. Yes there is are some fake legs hanging out of the top left window. This view was taken facing north at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Wills Road is to the left of the Pine Thicket. Booth and Herold were deeper in the Pine Thicket on what is now private property. This view was taken facing south at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.
To order a copy of Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich’s book, Remarkable Stories of the Lincoln Assassination, click here. This book cover was scanned facing north at approximately 9:30 AM on Friday, March 9, 2012.

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