The Surratts – Society Members

While looking through the illustrated souvenir book, Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home, Pikesville, Maryland complied by Capt. George W. Booth, I came across a few names I recognized.  The book contains not only a history of the Pikesville Soldiers’ Home, but also the muster rolls for the various Confederate Maryland companies during the Civil War.  It gives the names of conspirators Samuel Arnold and Michael O’Laughlen, who served in the 1st Maryland Infantry, companies C and D respectively.  At the end of the souvenir booklet is a roster of those veterans who became members of the Society of the Army and Navy of the Confederate States in the state of Maryland:

Roster Confederate Marylanders

Here we see the Arnold brothers, Sam and Charles, who both served in Company C of the 1st Maryland Infantry.  Conspirator George Atzerodt’s brother Henry, who went by Harry, became a member as well.  Thomas A. Jones, the man who hid Booth and Herold in the pine thicket and sent them across the Potomac river, was also a member of the society due to the endorsement of his superior Colonel William Norris.  On Thomas Jones’ application for membership into the society Norris wrote:

“I certify, on honor, that I know of my own personal knowledge, that the above applicant served honorably in the Army or Navy of the Confederate States as Chief Agent of the Secret Service Bureau in Maryland where his unpaid services were of incalculable value to the Confederate States in keeping open the most thoroughly reliable path of communication through the Yankee line for 2 1/2 years…during which time the man lived under Yankee fire…”

Finishing up those familiar members are the Surratts, John and Issac. Isaac wasn’t paroled until September of 1865, assumingly having learned about his mother’s fate long after she had been executed. John, of course, was the longest lived of all the Lincoln assassination conspirators as his trial ended in a hung jury.  Though he lived to 1916, he was not the last surviving member on this list.  That honor goes to Harry Atzerodt who died in 1936 at the age of 91.

Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home, Pikesville, Maryland complied by Capt. George W. Booth
Thomas A. Jones – Chief Agent of the Confederate Secret Service in Maryland by John and Roberta Wearmouth

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5 thoughts on “The Surratts – Society Members

  1. Rich smyth

    Two comments; in the engraving of Surratt there appears to be two American Indians that made their way to the docks to see his arrival. The book was published in 1894. I assume the addresses are from Baltimore. I wonder if the addresses remained the same and if any of the dwellings still exist. Lastly (ok, 3 comments), the directions to the Cofederate home say to take the Druid Hill exit. Could the home be near the old suspected last resting place of Atzerodt? The picture of the building in the book shows a substantial structure. I wonder if it still stands?

    • I noticed the Indians in the engraving of Surratt’s return to America, too. Here’s what author Andrew Jampoler wrote about that in his book, The Last Lincoln Conspirator:

      “Remarkably, the reception party on shore includes three Sioux in feathered headdresses. (An accompanying text explained that the three were members of a tribal delegation visiting the city who had been given permission to observe the historic event. The United States was then midway through losing its war with Chief Red Cloud’s Oglala Sioux in the Montana Territory, and presumably this impromptu civics lesson played some part in Washington’s negotiating strategy with the tribe.)”

  2. Herb Swingle

    Great Job!-This shows how “slick”John Surratt was.He was listed as a Secret Service Messinger.I am suprised that the Confederacy admitted that in wrighting.

  3. Dennis Urban

    Is there any information if Captain George W. Booth was related to the infamous Booth family?

    • I couldn’t tell you if they were related. My gut says, no, however. Junius Brutus Booth was the only surviving son of Richard and his wife Jane Game, so we know at the very least that George Booth was not a first cousin to the rest of the Booths. It’s possible that George Booth could have descended through some of Richard’s brothers, but those Booths mainly stayed in England. They could share some very distant connection though.

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