April 20, 1865 was the 6th day of John Wilkes Booth's escape following his assassination of President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.On this day, John Wilkes Booth and David Herold were hiding out in the marshy woods of Dent's Meadow, near Pope's Creek in Charles County, Maryland.
That night confederate agent Thomas A. Jones brought John Wilkes Booth and David Herold into his home "Huckleberry" and fed them.
A few hours later, Thomas A. Jones set them up in a small row boat to be lauched at Pope's Creek. John Wilkes Booth and David Herold set out across the Potomac River determined to reach Virginia.
On April 21, 1865 the mighty waters of the Potomac river took John Wilkes Booth and David Herold northward to Nanjemoy Creek at Indiantown, Maryland instead of southward towards Virginia. The two would try crossing the Potomac again the next day. This time they were successful.
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