Civil War Sites

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.

St. Mary's County possessed a cultural affinity with the Old South, but it's 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.

Maryland Civil War Trail Sites in St. Mary's County

Roll through the countryside checking out Maryland Civil War Trail wayside markers along the way. Each tells a unique story. You’ll find markers at Chaptico, St. Clement’s Island Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, Point Lookout State Park, Leonardtown and Sotterley Plantation. The Maryland Civil War Trails map and guide, "John Wilkes Booth, Escape of an Assassin", has more info on sites in St. Mary's County.

Pick up a copy one of our Visitor Centers

Explore Omenhausser's World

Visit Point Lookout's Civil War venues where Confederate prisoner Omenhausser created drawings of prison camp life. Order the book on his work from the Maryland State Archives. Hear a podcast with the book's co-author, Ross Kimmel.

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