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Fugitive John Wilkes Booth rides into Maryland and reaches the farm of Dr. Samuel Mudd at four a.m.

Samuel Alexander Mudd, detail
John Wilkes Booth had rode away from Ford's Theatre, across the Navy Yard Bridge, and into Maryland, meeting up with his accomplice David Herold along the way.  They stopped after midnight at a tavern in Surrattsville and picked up a previously stored cache of weapons.  They then rode on to the house of Dr. Samuel Mudd near Bryantown, arriving at four a.m., where Mudd set Booth's broken left tibula and allowed the two to rest for a few hours.  This act would cost Mudd years in a federal prison. The two continued their flight across Maryland the same day. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Clara E. Laughlin, The Death of Lincoln: The Story of Booth's Plot, His Deed and the Penalty (New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1909), 120-124.