Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Conditions in the “Contraband Camp” were appalling. Men, women and children lived half underground in dark, damp, smoky dens.
Nurse Sophronia Bucklin described the scene:
“A hole from three to four feet deep was dug by them in the black soil, and roofed over with boards, on which turf was closely packed. An opening which admitted them on their hands and feet, and one for the escape of smoke…were the only vents for the impure air, and the only openings for light.”
Some residents of the “Contraband Camp” found jobs at Point Lookout as military service staff or laborers, jettisoning the bonds of slavery for the government payroll.
Nurse Sophronia Bucklin’s first-hand accounts of the “Contraband Camp” described men burrowing like “beasts of the field in half-subterranean
Location. 38° 2.478′ N, 76° 19.314′ W. Marker is in Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Maryland Route 5. 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout (a few steps from this marker); A Place of History (a few steps from this marker); Smallpox Epidemic (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Death at Point Lookout (about 500 feet away); Point Lookout-Hammond Hospital (about 600 feet away); John Wilkes Booth (about 600 feet away); Point Lookout State Park (about 600 feet away); A Crucial Point (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.