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

Prisoners at Point Lookout

Two Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout, Maryland, are threatened by a gun-toting Black guard who has ordered them to come out of their tent for laughing—presumably, at him. "I'll give you a taste," the Black soldier warns them in the dialogue written beneath the drawing. The two captives appear to be jumping up and down; one says he is frozen, and the other that he is almost out of breath. 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.