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John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Map

Both teachers and Lincoln buffs will find this colorful map an invaluable guide to the movements of Abraham Lincoln's assassin after he fled the murder scene. It traces Booth's travels from April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., through southern Maryland, across the Potomac River and into Virginia where he met death on April 26.

The map also includes helpful background information, a summary of events at each location, and descriptions of Booth's flight, his fellow conspirators, and pursuers. Created by Kieran McAuliffe, the map is printed in full color and unfolds to 11 x 20 inches. Thomas Publications released it in 2002.

  • Alford, Terry. Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth. Oxford University Press, 2015.

  • Anderson, Brian. Images of America: Ford's Theatre. Arcadia Publishing, 2014.

  • Bogar, Thomas A. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination. Regnery History, 2013.

  • Bryan, George S. The Great American Myth. Reprint edition, 1997.

  • Chesebrough, David B. No Sorrow Like Our Sorrow: Northern Protestant Ministers and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1994.

  • Craughwell, Thomas. Stealing Lincoln's Body. Belknap Press, 2007.

  • Fox, Richard Wightman. Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History. W.W. Norton, 2015.

  • Good, Timothy S., editor. We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts. Jackson, Mississippi: University of Mississippi Press, 1995.

  • Grieve, Victoria. Ford's Theatre and the Lincoln Assassination. Parks and History Association, 2001.

  • Hanchett, William. The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1983.

  • Hartranft, John F.; Edward Steers Jr. and Harold Holzer, editors. The Lincoln Conspirators. Louisiana University Press, 2009.

  • Harrell, Carolyn, et al. When Bells Tolled for Lincoln: Southern Reaction to the Assassination. Mercer University Press, 1997.

  • Hodes, Martha. Mourning Lincoln. Yale University Press, 2015.

  • Holzer, Harold and Williams, Frankn J. Lincoln's Deathbed in Art and Memory: The "Rubber Room" Phenomenon. Thomas Publications, 1998.

  • Holzer, Harold, Symonds, Craig L. and Williams, Frank J., editors. The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory. Fordham University Press, June 2010.

  • Jampoler, Andrew. The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows. Naval Institute Press, 2008.

  • Kauffman, Michael W. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. New York: Random House, 2004.

  • Kauffman, Michael W. In the Footsteps of an Assassin. TravelBrains, 2012.

  • Kline, Michael J. The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Kill Abraham Lincoln. Westholme Publishing, 2008.

  • Larson, Kate C. The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. Basic Books, 2008.

  • Kunhardt, Dorothy Meserve and Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr. Twenty Days: A Narrative in Text and Pictures of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Reprint edition, 1994.

  • Lattimer, John K. Kennedy and Lincoln: Medical and Ballistic Comparison of Their Assassinations. New York and London: Harcourt, Brace, 1980.

  • Leonard, Elizabeth D. Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War. W.W. Norton & Co., 2004.

  • Lewis, Lloyd. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: History and Myth. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

  • Martelle, Scott. The Madman and the Assassin: The Stange Life of Boston Corbett, The Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth. Chicago Review Press, 2015.

  • Ownsbey, Betty J. Alias "Paine": Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy. McFarland & Co., 1993.

  • Pitch, Anthony. "They Have Killed Papa Dead." Steeforth, 2008.

  • Quest, Richard E. I Held Lincoln: A Union Sailor's Journey Potomac Books, 2018.

  • Reck, W. Emerson. A. Lincoln: His Last 24 Hours. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1987.

  • Reed, Thomas J. Avenging Lincoln's Death: The Trial of John Wilkes Booth's Accomplices. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015.

  • Rhodehamel, John and Taper, Louise, editors. "Right or Wrong, God Judge Me": The Writings of John Wilkes Booth. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

  • Searcher, Victor. The Farewell to Lincoln. New York and Nashville: Abington Press, 1965.

  • Speer, Bonnie Stahlman. The Great Abraham Lincoln Hijack. Reliance Press, 1997.

  • Steers, Edward Jr. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. University Press of Kentucky, 2001.

  • Steers, Edward Jr. His Name is Still Mudd: The Case Against Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd. Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1997.

  • Steers, Edward Jr. The Escape and Capture of John Wilkes Booth. Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1996.

  • Steers, Edward Jr. Lincoln's Assassination. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2014.

  • Steers, Edward Jr. The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia. Harper Perennial, 2010.

  • Steers, Edward Jr. The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.

  • Swanson, James. Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse. William Morrow, 2010.

  • Summers, Robert K. The Assassin's Doctor: The Life and Letters of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd. CreateSpace, 2014.

  • Swanson, James L. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. William Murrow, 2006.

  • Swanson, James L. and Weinberg, Daniel R. Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution. Arena Editions, 2001.

  • Titone, Nora. My Thoughts be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that Led to an American Tragedy. Free Press, 2010.

  • Trostel, Scott. The Lincoln Funeral Train: The Final Journey and National Funeral for Abraham Lincoln. Cam-Tech Publishing, 2002.

  • Turner, Thomas R. Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, reprint edition 1991.

  • Turner, Thomas R. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Krieger Publishing Co., 1999.

  • Williams, Frank and Burkhimer, Michael. The Lincoln Assassination Riddle: Revisiting the Crime of the Nineteenth Century. Kent State University, 2016.

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