Near Scotland in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Conditions were terrible. In 1865 a prisoner wrote "If it were not for hope, how could we live in a place like this?" If you were lucky, you survived the hunger, the contaminated water, the disease and the weather. But over 3500 Confederate soldiers did not survive. Remember them along with 1000 Union soldiers and an unknown number of contrabands who also perished here during the war as you visit this site, reconstructed by the Friends of Point Lookout.
Soldiers of the United States Colored Troops served as prison guards here. The irony of those who had been enslaved guarding former masters was not lost on the troops. One African-American soldier was quoted saying "the bottom rail's on top, now".
Location. 38° 2.942′ N, 76° 19.464′ W. Marker is near Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5) south of Scotland Beach Road (Route 2.2), on the right when traveling south. Located between Fort Lincoln and Point Lookout Road. 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. Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Storm Blocks the Route to Freedom (approx. ¼ mile away); Smallpox Epidemic (approx. half a mile away); Death at Point Lookout (approx. half a mile away); A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout (approx. half a mile away); A Place of History (approx. half a mile away); "Contraband" Camp (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Bustling Civil War Community (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
Also see . . . Point Lookout State Park. Maryland Park Service (Submitted on June 26, 2017.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on January 21, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.