John Wilkes Booth and David E. Herold left the home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd between 4:00 and 5:00 pm on the evening of April 15th, 1865. At about 9:00 pm they arrived at the home of Oswell Swann. The pair hired Swann to take them across the Zekiah Swamp to Rich Hill, and home of Confederate sympathizer, Samuel Cox. Today, I attempted to walk the route that Booth and Herold took after departing Mudd’s until they showed up at Oswell Swann’s. What followers are videos and pictures of that trip. I hope you all enjoy following me as I walk in the footsteps of the assassin.
There are a total of 17 videos that I made to document my walk.
Part 1: Dr. Mudd’s House
Part 2: The Path Behind the Mudd House
Part 3: Walking the Path
Part 4: The Path goes into the Swamp
Part 5: Back tracking on the Path
Part 6: Walking Away from the Mudd House
Part 7: A Possible Oak Hill
Part 8: The Probable Oak Hill
Part 9: Electus Thomas’ Account
Part 10: The Road to Bryantown
Part 11: Gallant Green Road
Part 12: Joseph Cantor’s Place
Part 13: Cracklingtown Road
Part 14: Oswell Swann’s Place
Part 15: With Swann as their Guide
Part 16: The Road to Rich Hill
Part 17: The End
So, two bottles of water, two granola bars, and two extra socks later, I completed the journey. In the end, my planned walk of 11.5 miles turned out to be about 13 miles or so. The following is a map showing my route with Point A being Dr. Mudd’s House, and Point B being St. Mary’s Church where I left my car.
The walk was fun but I have several giant blisters on my feet. I’m hobbling around the house now like an infirmed old man and I predict that may remain for a day or so. Next time, I’ll be sure to buy better shoes preferably with gel insoles.
As I said in the last video, I’m open to viewer ideas regarding my next trek. In the comment section below, feel free to give me your ideas for parts of the escape route I could recreate. Thank you all for your support and encouragement on my little walks. It really helps keep me motivated.
I salute your intrepid and fascinating gallivanting and can’t wait to watch the videos later this evening. One question: Did you encounter any snakes?