Point Lookout Pilgrimage

As some of you may recall, there are Confederates in my family. One of them, Jordon H. Snow, served time for nearly a year at Point Lookout Prison in Maryland.

Tomorrow, June 28, 2014, the Descendants of Point Lookout POW Organization will be holding their pilgrimage. As I’m on the East Coast, and not too far away, I may just pay a visit. I hear it’s going to be an interesting program.


22 thoughts on “Point Lookout Pilgrimage

  1. centerforhistorystudies June 27, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    I’d like to see the fireworks when you show up!

  2. William Underhill June 27, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Say hi to Sweet Sue for me.

  3. tcgreen June 27, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Please go and take a video camera.

  4. OhioGuy June 27, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Looks like I’m not welcome at this event. “The Union Forever!”

  5. Jimmy Dick June 27, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Looks like another “No Historical Facts Allowed” gathering for the low wattage crowd.

  6. Charles Lovejoy June 27, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    I had a great great uncle that was at Point Lookout. My ancestor was Lt James R Coley from the 10th Confederate cav. I think Point Lookout was where he was at. Wonder if there is a prisoner roster some where?

  7. rortensie June 28, 2014 / 7:01 am

    It says no Yankee flags. Does that mean no Yankee’s hats/shirts?

  8. John Foskett June 28, 2014 / 8:48 am

    What’s a “yankee flag”? Oh yeah – that one.

  9. Andy Hall June 28, 2014 / 9:15 am

    A couple of years ago the Virginia Flaggers appended themselves (with Confederate flags) to a procession commemorating an 1860s memorial to Union war dead. They weren’t invited, but folks there were civil and polite to them. Hathaway said they were there to add a “Confederate presence” to the event.

    The organizers of this event are clearly not so willing to have a “Union presence” at this commemoration of Confederate war dead. “No yankee [sic.] flags!” “Southern – Confederate Only Vendors.” It sure seems to me that Union-leaning folks are a lot more patient with True Southron™ theatrics that folks like Hathaway are with “yankees.”

    What jackasses.

    • Rob Baker June 29, 2014 / 7:19 am

      How interesting would it be if the ancestors of prison guards showed up?

      • Rosemary Kubera July 1, 2014 / 3:42 pm

        Love this reply!
        Kinda related: I went to be with my son’s class for field trip at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Ohio … got there early and was by myself. Every grave had US flag on it. Flags were crooked. I set about straightening them up. Until suddenly it came to me: these guys didn’t want the flags – crooked or not. So I quit. Respect for misguided dead. Well, real respect would have been ripping those flags off the graves I suppose but —- Union Forever —- and moms can’t go radical at sixth grade field trips.

        • Andy Hall July 2, 2014 / 7:55 am

          Placement of U.S. flags on Confederate graves is a contentious subject. It’s routinely done in my town for Memorial Day and (AFAIK) doesn’t generate a lot of rancor.

  10. Roger E Watson June 28, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Don’t forget to wear that Union flag shirt you’ve been saving for a special occasion !

  11. Al Mackey June 28, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    It would be interesting to stand there with a United States flag.

  12. Rob Baker June 29, 2014 / 7:22 am

    This is truly the only outfit for such an event.

    • Jeffry Burden June 30, 2014 / 6:12 pm

      You think a True Southron wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I’m wearing these bad boys? Forget about it.

  13. jfepperson June 29, 2014 / 7:30 am

    To thine own self be true: Go as who you are, wear whatever you want, and tell anyone who objects to go to hell. IOW, let Brooks be Brooks!

  14. Mark Pethke June 29, 2014 / 8:45 am

    I wonder what manner of “living history” re-enactors do at a POW camp . . .

  15. Will Hickox June 30, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    The majority of re-enactors that I’ve seen are clearly eating too well to credibly portray POWs.

  16. Mike Rogers June 30, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    Oh wow. First saw this on my phone and I really couldn’t read the fine print. I hope, Brooks, that you made an appearance and have video. I’m sure that Al Mackey would pay to see that — unless he was there with you, of course

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