Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

An experienced Confederate spy with a deep knowledge of the terrain and waterways of rural Maryland, Thomas Jones had lost most of his money for the Confederate cause and served time in a Union jail when his Confederate sympathies were suspected. He was recruited by Captain Samuel Cox to help Booth and Herold and took responsibility for getting them across the Potomac River to Virginia. He first cautioned them to stay put in a pine thicket, where he brought them food and news daily for four days. Although he was suspected of aiding the assassins, his involvement could not be proved. He only told the story of his role in Booth and Herold’s escape decades later, in conversations with a journalist and in his own autobiographical book.

Thomas Jones Quotes in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

The Chasing Lincoln’s Killer quotes below are all either spoken by Thomas Jones or refer to Thomas Jones. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

When Jones went to the Confederate capital, Richmond, at the beginning of April 1865 to collect the money owed him by the Confederacy, he discovered that the army had evacuated the city and he went unpaid. He lost $2,300 owed to him for three years of service, along with all the money he had invested in Confederate bonds at the beginning of the war. All this meant Jones needed as much money as he could lay his hands on.

Related Characters: Thomas Jones
Related Symbols: Money
Page Number: 119
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Chapter 10 Quotes

As Jones grabbed the stern of the boat and shoved it off, a grateful Booth thrust a fistful of Union greenbacks at Jones. Jones refused the gesture, saying that he had not helped him for money. Under protest, he agreed to accept just eighteen dollars, the price he had paid for the boat.

Related Characters: John Wilkes Booth, Thomas Jones
Related Symbols: Money
Page Number: 146
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Thomas Jones Character Timeline in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

The timeline below shows where the character Thomas Jones appears in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...help the two fugitives get across the Potomac. He sent his son to summon Thomas Jones. Jones was a veteran Confederate spy who had lost everything supporting the Southern cause. He... (full context)
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Jones rode to the edge of the thicket and whistled the three notes. Herold stepped forward,... (full context)
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On Monday, April 17, Thomas Jones brought food and newspapers to where Booth and Herold hid in the thicket. He also... (full context)
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...the thicket, but rode by, passing only two hundred yards from the fugitives’ hiding place. Jones told Booth that this was all the more sign that Booth and Herold should stay... (full context)
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In the thicket, Thomas Jones told Booth and Herold that it was too dangerous for him to carry horse feed... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...was also shocked and disappointed by the coverage of the assassination in the newspapers that Jones brought him on his third visit to the thicket. He was roundly condemned for killing... (full context)
Chapter 10
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On Thursday, April 20, Thomas Jones saw the cavalry ride away. The manhunters had heard that the assassins were spotted in... (full context)
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As Jones pushed the boat off, Booth tried to give him a handful of Union bills. Jones... (full context)
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Jones returned to his farm, reassured to think that Booth and Herold would soon be in... (full context)
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Thomas Jones and Captain Cox were both eventually questioned and arrested because of their known Confederate sympathies.... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...named Elizabeth Quesenberry. Once Herold told Mrs. Quesenberry that he had been sent by Thomas Jones and that he was travelling with an injured companion, she may have guessed who that... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...only person who helped Booth during his escape to stand trial. Captain Cox and Thomas Jones were never punished for the aid they gave the president’s killer. (full context)