Minstrel Show at Point Lookout
Original Author: John Jacob Omenhausser
Created: June 1864 to June 1865
Medium: Watercolor

Minstrel Show at Point Lookout

This watercolor drawing titled Confederate Variety's depicts an audience of Union guards (in blue uniforms) and Confederate captives enjoying a minstrel show at the prisoner-of-war camp located at Point Lookout, Maryland. John Jacob Omenhausser, a Confederate prisoner housed at the camp from June 1864 until June 1865, created this watercolor as part of large sketchbook that contained sixty-two paintings documenting prison life. Omenhausser made a handful of sketchbooks with similar drawings. This particular scrapbook is part of the collections at the University of Maryland Libraries.