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Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery

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  • Pvt. (CSA) William Wilkerson Spainhour (1842 - 1863)
    20 years old at enlistment. Roll of Honor. Company C, 33rd North Carolina Infantry. Captured at Falling Waters, MD on July 14, 1863.
  • Pvt. Joel Mankins (c.1838 - 1863)
    Joel Mankins served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He enlisted in Company K, Virginia 50th Infantry Regiment on 22 Jun 1861 in Wythe County, Virginia alongside his brother James...
  • Pvt. James Evans Dent, (CSA) (1818 - 1863)
    Pvt James E Dent- Find A Grave Memorial# 14961416Co.A,19th Va.Cav.Regt.-CSADENT, JAMES – Pvt. Co. A. [Moccasin Rangers] b.c. 1819. Prior service, Co. A, 3rd VSL. Not on muster rolls. Cpd. Roane Co., W....
  • Pvt. Co.I 5th NC (CSA), Benjamin Franklin Bean (1830 - 1864)
    Benjamin Bean enlisted on July 15, 1862 at Randolph County, North Carolina as a Private in the 5th North Carolina Infantry, Company I at the age of 32. Wounded on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvan...
  • Pvt. Newton A. Sloan (CSA) (1837 - 1864)
    Newton Sloan enlisted in Company C, Georgia 61st Infantry Regiment on 07 Sep 1861. He was captured by the Union at South Mountain on July 4, 1864 while retreating from the Battle of Gettysburg. He died...

During the Civil War, Point Lookout was one of the largest prisons of CSA POWs. Many men died there from exposure, malaria, scurvy and TB. Originally, the soldiers were buried in two cemeteries near the prison camp. However, because the cemetery land started to erode into the Chesapeake, in 1870 the state of Maryland removed the remains. In 1910 they were moved again and re-interred in a burial trench one mile inland, near where a federal monument was constructed that year. The 80-foot granite obelisk marks the site, just outside Point Lookout State Park, but the actual boundaries of the pit are not marked.

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