Right now, 148 years ago, John Wilkes Booth and Davy Herold are hiding in the pine thicket not far from Samuel Cox’s plantation, Rich Hill. They are being aided by Thomas Jones, who is providing them with food, water, and newspapers. Eventually, Thomas Jones will help send the pair across the Potomac river into Virginia. Though unable to prove anything against him, Jones would be arrested and imprisoned into the Old Capitol Prison in Washington. Here, he will be joined by several other individuals who had run ins with Booth and Herold during their escape. Some will become witnesses at the trial. One, Dr. Mudd, will become a conspirator. Some others, like Jones and Cox, will eventually be released with their true involvement unknown to the military commission. Here’s a list of people related to Booth and Herold’s escape who were imprisoned at the Old Capitol Prison.
|Name||Date Committed||Age||Occupation||Residence||Date Captured||Where Captured||Charges||Notes|
|Bryant, William||May 3||–||Farmer||King George County, VA||May 1||Mathias Point||Held as witness by order of Secretary of War||Released June 7 order General Baker|
|Cox, Samuel||April 26||46||Farmer||Charles County, MD||April 24||Charles County, MD||By order Col. Foster’s investigating committee||Released June 3 on oath – order General Augur|
|Davis, Thomas||April 24||18||Farmer[Dr. Mudd’s farmhand]||Charles County, MD||April 24||Charles County, MD||For Major Turner’s investigation||Released May 18 by order General Augur|
|Garrett, John||May 6||24||Clerk||Caroline County, VA||April 26||Caroline County, VA||Committed by order Col. Burnett orders||Released May 8, order Secretary of War thru Col. Baker|
|Garrett, William||May 6||20||Farmer||Caroline County, VA||April 26||Caroline County, VA||Committed by order Col. Burnett orders||Released May 8, order Secretary of War thru Col. Baker|
|Jones, Thomas A.||April 27||45||Farmer||Charles County, MD||April 23||Charles County, MD||Col Foster’s orders||Released May 29 on parole to appear and answer charges when requested|
|Lloyd, John M||April 23||41||Tavern keeper||Surrattsville, MD||April 23||Near T.B., MD||For Major Turner’s investigation.||Released June 30 order of Secretary of War on file|
|Lucas, William||May 3||65||Farmer||King George County, VA||May 1||Mathias Point, VA||Held as witness||Released June 7, General Augur|
|Mudd, Samuel A.||April 24||30||Dr.||Charles County, MD||April 21?||Charles County, MD||For M. I. Comm.||Transfer to custody of Col. Baker, Agt. War Department|
|Rollins, William||May 4||46||Farmer||King George County, VA||May 1||Mathias Point, VA||Held as witness||Released June 7. Delivered to Col. Baker to be returned over to civil authorities|
|Swan, Oswell (colored)||April 27||30||Farmer||Near Bryantown||April 24 (or 21?)||Near Bryantown||Col. Foster||Released May 18 Gen. Augur|
|Stewart [sic], Richard H.||May 5||59||Physician||King George County, VA||May 6||King George County, VA||Order Col. Baker||Released June 7 by order Gen. Parke|
|Washington, Frank (colored)||April 24||53||–[Dr. Mudd’s farmhand]||Charles County, MD||April 24||Charles County, MD||For investigation of Commission||Released Gen Augur May 18|
Good work Dave: The list goes on and on. I had not seen the plans before.