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Near Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp

(1863–1865)

 
 
Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
1. Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp Marker
Inscription.  After the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union established a prisoner-of-war depot near here. Confederate soldiers and Maryland civilians were imprisoned and guarded by 400 Union troops. With only tents for protection, 3,384 prisoners died.
 
Erected by the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 2.995′ N, 76° 19.426′ W. Marker is near Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Point Lookout Road (Route 5), on the left when traveling south. Marker is at the turnoff for the Fishing Pier. Marker may have been moved about 270 feet further south on same side. Google street view shows it in a different location in October 2008. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prison Pen (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shipwreck! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Storm Blocks the Route to Freedom
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Smallpox Epidemic (approx. half a mile away); Death at Point Lookout (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in the Point Lookout State Park. A fee per person is charged to enter.
 
Also see . . .
1. Point Lookout State Park History. Maryland Department of Natural Resources website entry (Submitted on May 4, 2007.) 

2. The Diary Of Bartlett Yancey Malone. Documenting the American South website entry (Submitted on May 4, 2007.) 
 
Beware of the Deer image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, March 31, 2007
2. Beware of the Deer
Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 19, 2017
3. Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp Marker
Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp Marker
The prisoner of war camp with many tents can be seen at the top right of the lithograph (Point 56, "Rebel Camp").
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,268 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 22, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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