Sunday, July 31, 2011

Point Lookout State Park, Maryland

Point Lookout State Park is located at the southern tip of St. Mary's county in Maryland.   It is a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.   It's a popular summer destination for fishing, camping, and cooling off in the river (although not everywhere as seen above). 

During the Civil War, Point Lookout was a Union Prison of War camp.   Over 50,000 Confederate soldiers were held there, and according to Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources close to 4,000 soldiers died at the POW camp.  

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