The Hagerstown Civil War Round Table will be featuring a talk entitled “Hell Comes to Southern Maryland: The Point Lookout Prisoner of War Camp for Confederates” by Bradley M. Gottfried and Ms. Linda I Gottfried. As the largest of all Union prisoner of war camps, the Point Lookout facility housed over 52,000 Confederate soldiers from 1863 - 1865. At times, over 20,000 were crammed into a 20 acre pen existing only in tents. This presentation provides an overview of the camp. why it was built, what it was like to be housed there, and why these conditions were permitted to exist.
The event is at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Homewood Suites, 1650 Pullman Lane Hagerstown, MD. Dinner at 6:30 pm, open to non-members as well as members, is $22 (reservations required) and the talk at 7:30 pm is $5 for non-members, both payable at the meeting. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/view/hagerstowncwrt/home, search for: Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Dennis Graham at 301 766 9516.
Brad Gottfried served as a college educator for over 40 years before he retired in 2017. After receiving his doctorate, he taught for eleven years and then entered the administrator ranks, rising to the position of president for 17 years at two colleges. His interest in the Civil War began when he was a youngster in the Philadelphia area. He has written 13 books on the Civil War, including a number on Gettysburg and Map studies of various campaigns.
Linda Gottfried served as a graphic designer and development officer at several colleges and nonprofit organizations before retiring in 2015. She is now a full-time sculptor. Several of her pieces have won awards.