“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery

Front Inscription on State Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. Front Inscription on State Monument
Inscription. Erected by the State of Maryland in memory of the Confederate Soldiers who died Prisoners of War at Point Lookout, from March 1st, 1864, to June 30th, 1865.

(north face) “At the call of Patriotism and duty they encountered the perils of the field, endured the trials of a Prison, and were faithful, even until death.”

(east face) Virginia 640 • North Carolina 962 • South Carolina 248 • Georgia 249 • Alabama 75 • Tennessee 63 • Louisiana 38 • Mississippi 42 • Florida 31 • Kentucky 18 • Texas 6 • Maryland 6 • Arkansas 4 • Missouri 4 • [Subtotal] 2386 • Confederate States not designated 618 • Total 3004.

(south face) Dulce et decorum est pro Patria Mori. (A line of verse in Latin, by the Roman lyrical poet Horace, which means “It is right and proper to die for one’s country.”)

(brass tablet added to the south face) Colonel Wm. Elliott, General Wm. C. Oates and Governor James H. Berry, being U.S. Commissioners to mark Confederate graves, the State of Maryland having ceded to the Federal government the cemetery to which the bodies of the Confederates who died prisoners of war at Point Lookout Military Prison had been removed, the War Department granted permission to have this state monument removed and re-erected at this, the original prison
State of Maryland Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
2. State of Maryland Monument
This the north face, facing the road, showing the brass tablet.
burying-ground. A.D. 1910–1911.

(on a marble band high up on the obelisk) July 4, 1876.
Erected 1876 by State of Maryland.
Location. 38° 4.406′ N, 76° 20.526′ W. Marker is near Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is at the intersection of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5) and St. Michaels Manor Way, on the right when traveling south on Point Lookout Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Lookout Prison (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maryland and the Confederacy (about 400 feet away); Point Lookout Prisoner-of-War Camp (about 400 feet away); "The Bean Pot" (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Scotland.
Regarding Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery. There are two monuments at the cemetery, this 1876 monument and the much larger 1911 monument erected by the U.S. Government. The cemetery is maintained by the Veterans Administration.
Categories. War, US Civil
South Face Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
3. South Face
East Face Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
4. East Face
North Face Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 31, 2007
5. North Face
Marble Band High Up on the Obelisk Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 31, 2007
6. Marble Band High Up on the Obelisk
View from the Road Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 31, 2007
7. View from the Road
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,267 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   6. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   7. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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