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 Elizabeth Rousby Quesenberry

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Elizabeth Rousby Quesenberry

  • Birth 1823
  • Death 13 Sep 1896 Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Section 19, Lot 204
  • Memorial ID 49280213

Civil War Notable. She was a Confederate Agent, on the Virginia side of the Potomac, who purportedly gave food stuff to John Wilkes Booth and David Herold in April of 1865, days after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Told that she may be able to help, she resisted Herold's pleas for any additional aid that would ensure their escape. Called to offer testimony, Quesenberry said in part, "the day that the person I now supposed to be Herold came to my house was on Sunday, the 23rd of April, about one o'clock P.M." She continued with, "that if I was inclined to assist them I could give them a horse, but that I was not inclined to assist them. He seemed surprised that I was not willing to assist him. I told him that he must go away. He went off very much put out. He went across the field in the direction where I supposed his brother was. I then called to him and asked him if he had anything to eat. He said no and I told him I would go to the house and send him something to eat."


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  • Created by: Stonewall
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49280213
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Rousby Quesenberry (1823–13 Sep 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49280213, citing Holy Rood Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Stonewall (contributor 46536634) .