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Feeling Spirits From Long Ago in Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

 

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Historic Christ Church, Cambridge, Maryland 

Christ Church Cemetery is located at 601 Church Street in historic Cambridge, Maryland.  Some allege the cemetery is haunted. Established in the late 1600’s, Christ Church cemetery is the final resting place for original settlers of Cambridge, veterans of the American Revolutionary War, and veterans of the U.S. Civil War.

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American Revolutionary Graves, Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

When I visit historic cemeteries, I like to bring flowers to place on the graves of civil war veterans. In Christ Church cemetery these graves were hard to find. In contrast, the American Revolutionary veteran graves were easily identifiable with the American flags and DAR markers. I had with me a list of the names of civil war veterans who are buried in the cemetery. When I found several of these graves, I was surprised that there was no indication that the person was a civil war veteran. I got a strong feeling that this history was purposely being hidden. It was common for families in Maryland to have had family members fighting on both sides of the civil war so perhaps this was a painful period that was preferred to be left in the past by the families.

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Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

After laying flowers on several civil war veterans’ graves there was one grave I could not find. I decided to use a method that I’ve been using for years that always works. I call on the spirit of the deceased to guide me to their grave. I explain to them that I am there to visit them and to honor their service in the civil war.  A few seconds following this ritual, it worked. I found the grave of the veteran.

Although the cemetery is rumored to be haunted, I personally believe that spirits of the deceased like being remembered and appreciate being visited.

The Death of John Wilkes Booth

On April 24, 1865, John Wilkes Booth and David Herold continued their escape to Port Royal, Virginia following Booth’s assassination of President Lincoln on several days earlier on April 14, 1865. Booth and Herold were aided by Confederate soldiers in VA who lead them to Garrett’s farm, just south of Port Royal, VA.  Booth and Herold were allowed to hide out in the tobacco barn on Garrett’s farm.  However, the Union troops were close on their trail.

Site of Garrett Farm, VA where John Wilkes Booth was Killed
Site of Garrett Farm, VA where John Wilkes Booth was Killed

On April 26th at 2:00 a.m., Union troops arrived at Garrett’s farm and surrounded the tobacco barn. In hopes of Booth and Herold surrendering, the Union troops set the barn on fire.  Herold surrendered but Booth refused. Booth is shot in the neck by Boston Corbett, a Union soldier defying orders to bring Booth back alive to Washington, D.C.  At 7:00 a.m. John Wilkes Booth dies from his injury.  With him die the secrets to one of the greatest American conspiracies in history.

John Wilkes Booth is buried in an unmarked grave in the Booth family plot in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.  Also buried in Green Mount is Booth’s childhood friend and alleged convicted conspirator Michael O’Laughlen.  Samuel Arnold, another alleged, convicted conspirator of Booth’s is also buried in Green Mount.

Booth Family Gravesite, Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
Booth Family Gravesite, Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
Michael O'Laughlen's grave in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Michael O’Laughlen’s grave in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Samuel Arnold's grave in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Samuel Arnold’s grave in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD

David Herold who surrendered to Union troops at Garrett Farm is buried in an unmarked grave in the Herold family plot in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

David Herold is buried in an unmarked grave in the Herold family plot, congressional cemtery
David Herold is buried in an unmarked grave in the Herold family plot, congressional cemtery

Mary Surratt who was hanged for her alleged part of the Lincoln assassination is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Mary Surratt is buried in Mt. Olivet cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Mary Surratt is buried in Mt. Olivet cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Samuel Mudd who aided Booth’s broken leg is buried in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery, Maryland.

St. Mary's Cemetery
St. Mary’s Cemetery

To see more photos associated with John Wilkes Booth’s life visit www.JacuelineLaRocca.com and www.HauntedTraveler.com

In Search of the Spirit of John Wilkes Booth

The President's Box at Fords Theater where John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln
The President’s Box at Fords Theater where John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln

On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Fords Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the morning of April 15th across the street at the Peterson House.

John Wilkes Booth fled Washington D.C. headed for Richmond, VA. He would be captured and killed 12 days later on April 26 at Garrett’s Farm in Port Royal, VA.

One hundred and fifty years later, there are still many places that still exist where John Wilkes Booth left his footprint.  Today, you can still feel his spirit from long ago at many of these places.

Fords Theater, Washington, D.C. Site of the Lincoln Assassination
Fords Theater, Washington, D.C. Site of the Lincoln Assassination
Dr Mudd's House in Southern Maryland where John Wilkes Booth spent the night after shooting Lincoln
Dr Mudd’s House in Southern Maryland where John Wilkes Booth spent the night after shooting Lincoln
The road leaving Dr. Mudd's House taken by John Wilkes Booth
The road leaving Dr. Mudd’s House taken by John Wilkes Booth

To view a collection of photographs associated with John Wilkes Booth’s life visit here:

http://goo.gl/WI5555

150th Anniversary of the Ending of Civil War at Appomattox Court House, VA

Appomattox Court House
Appomattox Court House

150 years ago on April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia ending the Civil War.

Appomattox Court House
Appomattox Court House
Last battle for the end of the war at Saylors Creek, VA
Last battle at Saylors Creek, VA
Appomattox, VA countryside
Appomattox, VA countryside
Confederate Graveyard at Appomattox, VA
Confederate Graveyard at Appomattox, VA

To view and purchase photos of Appomattox, VA click here: www.HauntedTraveler.com

For more information on the 150th anniversary events visit these links:

http://www.nps.gov/apco/150th-anniversary-of-appomattox-court-house.htm

http://appomattoxcountyva.gov/visitors/civil-war-150th

http://www.historicappomattox.com/events.php

Six Essential Stops in Shenandoah, VA

  1. Explore the Beauty of Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park, VA
Skyline Drive, VA
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA

2. Visit historic Strasburg, VA

Shop for local fine art
Local fine art gallery, historic Strasburg, VA
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Buy fresh flowers at the Strasburg Florist
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Visit creative and quaint antique shops in Strasburg, VA

3. Eat and hear live music at Cristina’s Café, historic Strasburg, VA

Cristina's Cafe
Cristina’s Cafe, historic Strasburg, VA
Christina's Cafe, Strasburg, VA
Christina’s Cafe, historic Strasburg, VA

4. Stay at the historic Strasburg Hotel

Historic Strasburg Hotel
Historic Strasburg Hotel

5. Relive the Civil War at Hupps Hill Cedar Creek Museum

Hupp's Hill Cedar Creek Museum
Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum
Battle site trail at Hupp's Hill Cedar Creek
Walk the battle site trail at Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek

6. Travel back to the Old South at Belle Grove Plantation

Tour Belle Grove Plantation
Tour Belle Grove Plantation
Belle Grove Plantation
Belle Grove Plantation

 

To buy and see more photographs from Shenandoah, VA visit www.JacquelineLaRocca.com