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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich is the author of the book Remarkable Stories of the Lincoln Assassination. He is standing near the Anacostia River near the Washington Navy Yard. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich continues his series on John Wilkes Booth’s Last Day in Washington, D.C. 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.

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In our first post, Michael Kanazawich introduced the series of John Wilkes Booth’s Last Day in Washington, D.C., and showed us the site of the National Hotel where John Wilkes Booth stayed while in Washington.

In our second post, Mike Kanazawich told how John Wilkes Booth found out that President Lincoln was attending Ford’s Theatre that evening, his desire to rent a fast horse, and a possible sighting of Booth at The Willard Hotel.

In our third post, Gettysburg LBG Mike Kanazawich described John Wilkes Booth’s visit to Mary Surratt’s Boarding House, and Booth’s visit to Grover’s National Theatre.

In our fourth post, Mike Kanazawich described John Wilkes Booth’s visit to the Kirkwood House, and Booth’s appearance later that afternoon at his residence at the National Hotel.

In our fifth post, Booth visited the Presidential Box in Ford’s Theater to prepare an obstruction for the assasination attempt that evening. Mike Kanazawich also showed us the Herndon House where Booth and his fellow conspirators met to make final preparations for the assassination.

In our sixth post, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and escaped the theater using Baptist Alley.

In today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich shows us how Booth escaped across the Navy Yard Bridge.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for the John Wilkes Booth’s Last Day in Washington series. Videos #1-#22 were shown in our previous Booth posts. Videos #23- #26 were filmed near the loction of the Washington Navy Yard Bridge. This map was created facing north at approximately 8:00 PM on Friday, July 24, 2009.

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In Video #23 (Videos #1 -#22 were shown in our previous Booth posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich is at the Navy Yard Bridge. He orients us to the area and shows us where the bridge was located, where Washington is, and where Uniontown on the other side of the river was located. This view was taken looking northeast to southeast at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Mike filmed these segments on the docks near the Anacostia Community Boathouse. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

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In Video #24 Licensed Battlefield Guide Michael Kanazawich tells us of the confrontation between Booth and Sergeant Silas Cobb of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. Booth informs Cobb that he was traveling late at night to take advantage of the moonlight. This view was taken facing northeast to north at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Jim Clouse is doing his best job of “product placement” as he holds up a copy of Mike Kanazawich’s book in the background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

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In Video #25 Mike Kanazawich describes a humorous part of the verbal exchange between Sergeant Cobb and Booth. Booth was then allowed to cross the bridge. This view was taken facing northeast to southeast at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

This photograph of the Navy Yard Bridge was taken on the Uniontown side looking back to Washington, D.C. Booth would have crossed the bridge coming towards the camera position. This view was taken facing northwest circa 1862 is courtesy of the National Archives.

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In Video #26 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Mike Kanazawich describes how David Herrold also arrives at the Navy Yard Bridge and was allowed to cross after saying he stayed too late after being with a woman on Capitol Hill. This view was taken facing northeast to southeast at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

David Edgar Herold’s (June 16, 1842 – July 7, 1865) job the evening of April 14, 1865 was to lead co-conspirator Lewis Powell to the home of Secretary of State William H. Seward, whom Powell attempted to kill. Herold escaped, assisted Booth to the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, after Booth had broken his leg, and remained with Booth until the authorities found them. This view was taken circa May, 1865.

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