Civil War Sites

St. Mary's County possessed a cultural affinity with the Old South, but its location in a state that the Union absolutely could not let declare secession meant an extraordinary Union military presence. And its African American population was doubtless pro-Union. Over 600 African Americans from St. Mary's County served in the Union Army; two were awarded Medals of Honor. Explore the site of one of the largest prison camps for Confederate soldiers at Point Lookout, visit our numerous monuments and uncover amazing stories off the beaten path.

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Point Lookout State Park, Civil War Museum & Lighthouse

11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687

38.06745 -76.33775

(301) 872-5688

Uncover the poignant Civil War history of this recreational mecca.  In 1862, the federal government erected Hammond Hospital at the tip of the Point. After General…

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Sotterley Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636

38.37639 -76.54387

(301) 373-2280

Dating from the early 18th century, the tobacco plantation was dependent on slaves.  One slave cabin, dating from the 1830’s survives.  The plantation’s interpretive program incorporates…

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Confederate Memorial Park

Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687

38.06848 -76.33942

Located outside of Point Lookout State Park, the memorial park was constructed by the Point Lookout Descendant’s Organization to honor those who were imprisoned and who…

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Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery

Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687

38.07338 -76.34262

Two monuments, one state and one federal, m ark the interment site of more than 3,000 prisoners who died at Point Lookout Prison Camp.  Names of…

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United States Colored Troops Memorial Monument

21550 Willows Road, John G. Lancaster Park, Lexington Park, MD 20653

38.25647 -76.45319

(301) 737-5447

The monument is dedicated in grateful tribute to the United States Colored Troops of St. Mary’s County and honors the two USCT soldiers from St. Mary’s…

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USS Tulip Monument

Cross Manor Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684

38.16066 -76.41821

The monument marks the smallest federal cemetery in the nation.  Originally built for China’s military, in 1863, the Tulip was purchased by the Navy for use…

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