In the Footsteps of Dr. Mudd in the City of Baltimore

Interested in learning more about all things Mudd? Check out this blog post by Bob Bowser, a board member of the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum, in which he explores the different sites of Baltimore, Maryland connected to the Charles County doctor. Then be sure to follow the Dr. Mudd House blog, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts for regular updates about the great talks and special events going on at the Dr. Mudd House Museum.

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum

Students of the Lincoln assassination associate certain locations with Dr. Samuel A. Mudd. First to mind comes Bryantown, Maryland. The Bryantown area was Dr. Mudd’s hometown. It is where he was born and raised, where built his own home and family, where he became an important figure in American history, and where he is buried. Next, one thinks of Washington DC. Washington was where Dr. Mudd introduced John Wilkes Booth to John Surratt and, whether he knew it or not, is where he sealed himself into the conspiracy plot. Washington later became the scene of Sam’s imprisonment, trial, and conviction. The final and, perhaps, the location most closely associated with Dr. Mudd is Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas, Florida. Following his conviction, Mudd spent nearly four years imprisoned on the hellish island, while his family fought for his pardon.

One location not often associated with Dr. Mudd is the city…

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5 thoughts on “In the Footsteps of Dr. Mudd in the City of Baltimore

  1. DONNA PETERSON

    Dave , your research is amazing, thank you so much for your hard work.

  2. Sandy Prindle

    I contend in my just released book “Booth’s Confederate Connections” by Pelican Publishing that Dr. Mudd, like the other two surviving prisoners at Dry Tortugas, were pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, not because of their efforts in the yellow fever epidemic, but because of their impending habeous corpus actions before the Supreme Court. The parsons were granted a year and a half after the epidemic but just weeks before a Supreme Court decision was expected. Johnson did not want his behavior revisited about Mary Surratt being executed by an illegal court. In addition, he didn’t want the press to dig up the fact that he treated Mary Surratt’s daughter badly on the day of the execution nor that the prisoners were given just twenty-four hours notice of their execution. It was a legacy that he didn’t want to face, in view of the fact that he was leaving the White House in disgrace. The ex-parte Milligan ruling would have caused him much more grief than he could overcome.

    • Barb Cantilena

      So as a result of being released did the Supreme Court not weigh in or still did? If yes, what was that decision? thanks in advance.

  3. Laura Verge

    Kudos to Bob Bowser for a great article on the Baltimore ties to Dr. Mudd. While many of us knew that the city was part of Mudd’s background – especially after he was expelled from Georgetown College – I, for one, had never thought about how many ways they were connected. Thank you, Bob.

    P.S. Thank you also for being a good history teacher several years ago when you had my grandson as a student. Just bragging, but he made straight-A’s and a national honor society both semesters in his first year of college

    • Ms. Verge,

      Thank you on the compliments! I’m glad you enjoyed the article! Your grandson was a pleasure to teach!

      Bob

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