Today, I’ve added two new galleries to the Picture Galleries section of the site.
The first is Rich Hill, the home of Samuel Cox in Charles County, MD. Cox was a well-known Confederate sympathizer who held the honorary title of Captain (later Colonel) for commanding a volunteer militia at the start of the Civil War in case Maryland decided to secede from the Union. Booth and Herold made their way to Cox’s plantation after leaving Dr. Mudd’s. Cox gave them food and a chance to rest before having his overseer, Franklin Robey, hide them in a nearby pine thicket. He then sent his adopted son, Samuel Cox, Jr., to retrieve Confederate mail agent Thomas Jones. Jones and Cox were foster brothers and Cox knew he could trust Jones to care for and help the conspirators. Rich Hill still stands today but is in dire need of repair and restoration.
The second gallery is devoted to the “Booth” mummy. The mummy is that of Enid, Oklahoma drifter, David E. George who took his own life in 1903. Before his death, George told residents of Enid that he was actually John Wilkes Booth. When the news spread, Memphis attorney Finis L. Bates came to identify the body. Years before in Texas, a man by the name of John St. Helen confided on his assumed deathbed to Bates that he was actually John Wilkes Booth. St. Helen survived his illness, told his whole tale to Bates, and skipped town shortly thereafter. Bates came to Enid and identified David E. George as John St. Helen. The local undertaker embalmed the body and it was a local attraction in Enid for many years. Bates bought the mummy and had it carted around carnival sideshows to expound his theory (and book) about Booth’s escape. While not John Wilkes Booth, the George/St. Helen mummy is an interesting piece of pseudo-history all its own.