Apr 10

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich is the host for our series on John Wilkes Booth’s Escape. He is standing in front of Cleydael, the home of Dr. Richard Stuart in King George County, Virginia. John Wilkes Booth and David Herold stopped here the evening of April 23, 1865. This image was taken facing south at approximately 12:00 PM 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 third 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.

In the fourth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich showed the location of Huckleberry, the home of Thomas A. Jones, and the area near the Potomac River where John Wilkes Booth and David Herold attempted to cross on April 21, 1865.

In the fifth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich shows the location on the Virginia side of the Potomac River where John Wilkes Booth and David Herold met Elizabeth Quesenberry and Thomas Harbin.

In today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich shows the location of Cleydael, the home of Dr. Richard Stuart in King George County, Virginia, and where Booth and Herold crossed the Rappahannock at Port Conway and Port Royal, Virginia.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for the John Wilkes Booth’s Escape series. Videos #1-#12 were shown in our previous posts. Videos #11-#12 were taken along Machodoc Creek at Dahlgren, King George County, Virginia. Video #13 was taken at Cleydael in King George County, Virginia. Video #14 was taken in Port Royal, Virginia along the Rappahannock River. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Video #13 was taken at Cleydael in King George County, Virginia. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Video #14 was taken in Port Royal, Virginia along the Rappahannock River. This view was taken facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Cleydael was constructed in 1859. It was one of two residences owned by Dr. Richard Stuart. Claydael was the “summer house.” This view was taken facing south at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

In Video #13 (Videos #1-#12 were shown in our previous posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich is at Cleydael in King George County, Virginia. He explains how William Bryant led Booth and Herold to Dr. Richard Stuart and to William Lucas. This view was taken facing south at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Charley Lucas drove John Wilkes Booth and David Herold to Port Conway, Virginia. They would have passed this structure, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, which is located west of US Highway 301. The structure was built in 1860. This view was taken facing west at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

This historic sign certainly interested us. This view was taken facing north at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Booth and Herold crossed the Rappahannock River at this location on April 24, 1865. They crossed from right to left. Port Conway would be on the right. Port Royal is out of sight to the left. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich is standing in Port Royal, Virginia on the south side of the Rappahannock River. Port Conway would be on the other (north) side. The bridge carrying US Highway 301 traffic across the Rappahannock is on the left. This view was taken facing north at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

In Video #14 Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich is standing on the south side of the Rappahannock River in Port Royal, Virginia. He explains how John Wilkes Booth and David Herold were ferried across the Rappahannock in the company of three Confederate soldiers, including Willie Jett. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

A historic sign at the boat landing where we shot the previous video giving a brief overview of Port Royal. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 12:00 PM 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 12:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2012.

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