THE HAMMOND GAZETTE, POINT LOOKOUT, MARYLAND, MARCH 1864

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This is a small periodical from Point Lookout, Maryland, the location of a Union hospital and a large prisoner of war camp.

Measuring 8” x 12”, there are four pages. This is Volume 2, Number 18, dated March 16, 1864. Front page includes poetry and tales for the reader’s entertainment. The inside pages (2 and 3) hold news and advertisements pertaining to the local area, such as:

“Miss D.L. Dix, whose name is familiar to many a wounded soldier, paid this place a visit on Sunday last.”  “Another load of rebels left this place for City Point…. It is said that an order has been issued from Washington forbidding further exchanges as heretofore.”

“Union Oyster Saloon….”  “For Recruiting Colored Troops….”  “A small farm, timber, and wood, standing, For Sale….”

Page three also lists a “Directory of the Hospitals.” This list is provided as a way for folks to contact the Sanitary Commission to inquire about soldier patients.

The back page has additional news and an “Official List of Officers and Patients” (Union) at the hospital at Point Lookout.

In 1862 the land around Point Lookout was transformed into a bustling port and temporary city of civilians and military personnel including a large Union Army hospital, a garrison at Fort Lincoln, and a prisoner of war camp to hold Confederate captives.

Of the 50,000 soldiers held in the army prison camp at Lookout Point, all of whom were housed in tents, nearly 4,000 died. The camp, originally built to hold 10,000 men, swelled to between 12,000 and 20,000 prisoners after the exchange of prisoners between armies was stopped. It was the largest Union-run prison camp and its reputation was one of the worst.

Paper has a horizontal and vertical fold. No tears. Light pencil above masthead appears as a name and “2nd NH”. Condition of paper stock is good.

An interesting local “newspaper” from Point Lookout, MD!   [jet]

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