Author Brad Gottfried will present "Hell Comes to Southern Maryland — The Point Lookout POW Camp." The Point Lookout Civil War Prisoner of War Camp for Confederates was the largest facility in the North. Over 51,000 men lived and died in this spit of land between the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. This presentation will provide a fresh perspective on the camp from its formation to its closing and its lasting legacy. It will include a discussion of the rise and fall of the parole/exchange system, how the prisoners were treated, what they did each day, and how illness and death were a daily occurrence.
Those in attendance will get a vivid picture of what it was like to be incarcerated in the camp.