Jesuit Mistaken for John Wilkes Booth Included in Georgetown Civil War Exhibition

John B. Guida, S.J. (Photograph from the Woodstock College Archives): Born in Italy, Guida taught philosophy at Georgetown from 1863 to 1868.

John B. Guida, S.J. (Photograph from the Woodstock College Archives): Born in Italy, Guida taught philosophy at Georgetown from 1863 to 1868.

A photograph of the Georgetown Jesuit who was jailed after being mistaken for John Wilkes Booth is only one of about 80 Civil War items on display at the Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library through the month of June.

The items are from the library’s Special Collections Research Center and from the Woodstock College Archives.

Authorities released John B. Guida, S.J., a philosophy professor, once Booth (who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln) was found.

“On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Special Collections Research Center wanted to tell the story of the war’s impact on Georgetown and its faculty and students,” explained University Archivist Lynn Conway, who put the exhibition together. “It is a story of perseverance and survival.

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