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

Selling Crabs at Point Lookout

A resourceful Confederate prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland, located at the junction of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, has captured crabs and is offering them for sale. A Union soldier, at left, asks the prisoner if he'll take a chaw of tobacco for one of the crabs, while a Confederate soldier, at right, asks if the crabs are good to eat. The salesman assures him that they are. 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.