Port Tobacco, MD prior to 1895
By James L. Barbour
Published by ByDand Publishing
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Published: Dec. 13, 2012
Words: 3,030 (approximate)
Founded in 1658 and once a thriving seaport, Port Tobacco served as the Charles County, MD county seat for 250 years. The town witnessed the nation’s founding and many subsequent events including the Civil War and the escape of John Wilkes Booth. This book contains the history, sketches and descriptions of Port Tobacco as it existed prior to 1895, provided by one of the town's last residents.
Port Tobacco, Maryland was one of the earliest towns established in the United States, dating back to the mid 1600’s. This work describes the history of Port Tobacco and its people, buildings and layout for those history buffs interested in such information. The author, James L. Barbour (the son of Robert Guy Barbour who created the sketches included herein), provides a summary of the early history of Port Tobacco, his father’s sketches of the town and a description of its residents and buildings. He also discusses the distinguished Revolutionary personages who lived in and near Port Tobacco at the nation’s founding, and later, the Lincoln conspiracy that included town resident, George Atzerodt, and the escape of the President’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, who fled through Southern Maryland, across the Potomac and into Virginia.
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