New-York Historical Society librarians reveal fascinating stories from the past through exceptional items in the library's collection. Point Lookout State Park is a public recreation area and historic preserve occupying Point Lookout, the southernmost tip of a peninsula formed by the confluence of Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in St. Mary's County, Maryland. During the Civil War, Point Lookout was one of the largest prisons of CSA POWs. Point Lookout is a Maryland state park at the southern tip of St. Mary's County, Maryland.It is a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.. Captain John Smith first explored the Point in 1612. However, because the cemetery land started to erode into the Chesapeake, in 1870 the state of Maryland removed the remains. May 2, 2016 - Explore shauntippett's board "Point Lookout MD" on Pinterest. Make it your first stop as you explore the park’s Civil War history. Inside a Civil War Prison Camp: Sketches from Point Lookout. Brigadier general James Barnes. Civil War Museum The museum tells the story of Point Lookout during its time as a prisoner of war camp for captured confederate soldiers through panel displays and artifacts found at Point Lookout Prison Camp. The Union Army first used the Point Lookout site, originally a summer resort, as a military hospital. Many men died there from exposure, malaria, scurvy and TB. During the American Revolution, and again in the War of 1812, it was subject to British raids. Originally, the soldiers were buried in two cemeteries near the prison camp. The state park preserves the site of an American Civil War prisoner of war camp and the Point Lookout Light, which was built in 1830. This post is by Alex Japha, Digital Preservation Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. August 26, 2015 by staff 2 Comments. Leonard Calvert used the Point for his personal manor in 1634. See more ideas about Point lookout, American civil war and Civil war photos.

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