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Point Lookout, Maryland Sketches
The forty-eight color ink drawings presented here were made in 1864 by a Confederate prisoner of war at Point Lookout, Maryland, the Union's largest Civil War prison camp. The drawings highlight the concerns and experiences of prisoners of war; most scenes show prisoners playing cards, buying food, or engaging in barter with food vendors. Although rations in Northern prisons were usually more generous than what the Confederate soldiers had been accustomed to in the field, these sketches show prisoners hungry for familiar food. All of the prison guards depicted are African American, and encounters are recorded between these guards and the Confederate prisoners. The prisoners are also shown in conflict over taking an oath of allegiance to the United States (Union) government.
collection also includes photographs of commanding officers at Point Lookout,
printed orders to prison guards about the treatment of prisoners, and letters
from prisoners to the Presiden.
Sketches all print nicely on standard paper and are approximately 5" x 5".
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