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Our Descendants of Pt. Lookout POW Organization can provide program speakers on Pt. Lookout's conditions and treatment of its prisoners of war. Each person gives a different Point Lookout presentation. Our speakers do not charge to give you a program; however, if one of our speakers has to travel any great distance to your place of meeting, they may ask to be compensated with a personal donation of gas money. Thanks!

Choose a speaker by state, or browse through the states below. More speakers may be forthcoming.

Arkansas / Eastern

Name: Harold Rounds
Home City: Somerville, TN
E-mail: halrounds@earthlink.net
Phone No.: 901-465-3558
Description: Speaker Hal Rounds is the grandson of a lecturer, himself! George C. Tanner was nineteen years old and in Cobb's SC Cavalry. He spent 4 yrs. in service of the Confederacy and would give lectures after the war about his escape from Pt. Lookout and Ft. DE. Now you can hear this program from his grandson!

In addition to this, Hal has drafted a booklet on why the South seceded and he has copyrighted a T-shirt featuring the Rebel's Creed that he sells.

Arizona

Name: Lynn Miller
Home City: Overgaard, AZ
E-mail: egghill@aol.com
Phone No.: 928-535-5226
Description: Lynn's program is about the book he authored Fresh Fish: A Civil War Prisoner's Story. This is a narrative of Pvt. Isaac Moore Gregory of West Virginia, who was in the 62nd VA Mtd. Inf. CSA and a POW of Pt. Lookout.

Georgia

Name: William J. Hagin
Home City: Richmond Hill, GA
E-mail: moonrib@yahoo.com
Phone No.: 912-756-4449
Description:

Clad in Confederate uniform, William gives a rousing Pt. Lookout program that will capture your attention as you learn not only the treatment of Pt. Lookout's prisoners, the condition of its camp, it's water & non food supply, but will also present a history on Southern Vs northern camps as far as deaths and percentages... complete with show-n-tell! William has been vigorously working on our "Missing Names Project" ...the federal government only gave us a list of 3384 names of those who perished while imprisoned at Pt. Lookout, yet prisoners' diaries proclaim that as many as 14,000 died there...and William has found many of their names! Hear his story of this enormous tedious search!

 

Georgia

Name: James E. Stallings, Sr.
Home City: Macon, GA
E-mail: jstallings7@cox.net
Phone No.: 478-745-4516
Description:

James served twenty-five years in the USAF & Army National Guard, acquiring a love of military history and high respect for those who serve their country. James' presentation is on the GA Prisoners of War who were held captive/perished at Pt. Lookout. His own ancestor was Cpl. William C. Stallings, Co. B, 45th GA Inf. James has also authored a book on these brave Confederate soldiers, along with all the other GA men who left their homes to defend their cherished South Land from a northern invader. He can bring/autograph his books (complete with all GA soldiers who died while POWs in United States prisons and hospitals) for you after his program!

 

Kansas / South East

Author: Donald W. Read
Home City: Grove, OK
E-mail:

donread@grandsavingsbank.com

Phone No.: 918-786-7419
Description: Don's Pt. Lookout program is on a fourteen year "man" from TN who went off to war with his father and a brother to defend his homeland from an invading northern army. He participated in over 40 skirmishes, was captured at Spotsylvania and imprisoned in Pt. Lookout (twice) and Elmira.

Mississippi / Upper

Name: Harold Rounds
Home City: Somerville, TN
E-mail: halrounds@earthlink.net
Phone No.: 901-465-3558
Description: Speaker Hal Rounds is the grandson of a lecturer, himself! George C. Tanner was nineteen years old and in Cobb's SC Cavalry. He spent 4 yrs. in service of the Confederacy and would give lectures after the war about his escape from Pt. Lookout and Ft. DE. Now you can hear this program from his grandson!

In addition to this, Hal has drafted a booklet on why the South seceded and he has copyrighted a T-shirt featuring the Rebel's Creed that he sells.

North Carolina

Name: Donald Wilson
Home City: Raleigh, NC
E-mail: wilson.donnie@yahoo.com
Phone No.: 804-514-0000
Description:

Donald has a deep Confederate heritage that includes 65 documented Confederate ancestors of which 17 North Carolinians were held as prisoners of war at Pt. Lookout. One of them perished as a POW and is buried at Pt. Lookout.

Donald is a member of our Lee’s Miserables POW Reenactors, portraying John J. Omenhausser. Donald’s program: John Jacob Omenhausser, Point Lookout Prisoner of War Artist, 1864-1865. From German descent, born in Philadelphia, PA, John Jacob Omenhausser was a twenty-nine year old widowed resident of Richmond, VA when he enlisted as a private on April 21, 1861 in the 46th Virginia Co.A. John Omenhausser’s name appears in a context clearly identifying him as the artist of the four sketch books containing 201 known renderings. Many of John’s sketches depict camp life and there’s usually someone cooking, whether there’s an abundance of food at the onset of the war or meager portions of rats during his imprisonment.

This program uses John’s sketches to bring to life the story of Point Lookout.

Oklahoma / North East

Author: Donald W. Read
Home City: Grove, OK
E-mail:

donread@grandsavingsbank.com

Phone No.: 918-786-7419
Description: Don's Pt. Lookout program is on a fourteen year "man" from TN who went off to war with his father and a brother to defend his homeland from an invading northern army. He participated in over 40 skirmishes, was captured at Spotsylvania and imprisoned in Pt. Lookout (twice) and Elmira.

Tennessee / Middle / West

Name: Harold Rounds
Home City: Somerville, TN
E-mail: halrounds@earthlink.net
Phone No.: 901-465-3558
Description: Speaker Hal Rounds is the grandson of a lecturer, himself! George C. Tanner was nineteen years old and in Cobb's SC Cavalry. He spent 4 yrs. in service of the Confederacy and would give lectures after the war about his escape from Pt. Lookout and Ft. DE. Now you can hear this program from his grandson!

In addition to this, Hal has drafted a booklet on why the South seceded and he has copyrighted a T-shirt featuring the Rebel's Creed that he sells.

 

Tennessee

Name: Charles Mitchell
Home City: Tullahoma, TN
E-mail: fop053@charter.net
Phone No.: 931- 461-1089
Description: Charles' program is on his great grandfather, John Mitchell who was with the 11th NC Inf. Co. D.

Eastern Tennessee / Southwest Virginia

Name: Stephen Schneider
Home City: Bluff City, TN
E-mail: stephen_c_schneider@hotmail.com
Phone No.: 423-391-0566
Description: Stephen starts his presentation with a brief history of his 2nd great grandfather, Ota Hopkins Campbell's military career, up to the point of being wounded at Gettysburg and captured shortly after the battle. The focus of the presentation is on the lesser known prisoners of Point Lookout (i.e. - women, children and black prisoners). Stephen ends with the release of his 2nd great grandfather and his being paroled at Appomattox.

Texas

Name: James W. Benton
Home City: Winnsboro, TX
E-mail: jzbenton@hotmail.com
Phone No.: 903-629-7235
Description:

James' program is on Lt. Peter Goodwin Benton who was with the 11th MO Inf. After leaving Pt. Lookout, he went on to be one of the Immortal 600. Lt. Benton was in several POW camps, as well as a federal hospital where he was fed horsemeat. After the war, Lt. Benton always took his Confederate uniform with him, for fear that he would die and be buried in a blue suit. Among his papers discovered after his death, was a senate bill proving that he was entitled to "reparations" from the fed. government, due to inhumane prison treatment!

Virginia

Name: Fred Taylor
Home City: Suffolk, VA
E-mail:

Fred.Taylor.VA@gmail.com

Phone No.: 757-537-7495
Description: Fred Taylor knows the history of Point Lookout, having been with us since just before his 13th birthday! He’s also a member of our Lee’s Miserables POW Reenactors, as well as an accomplished guitarist. He has documented 15 NC ancestors who were POWs in Pt. Lookout. One was a Corporal and 3 were Sergeants. They ranged in age from just 14 to 37 years old. One of them perished as a POW and is buried at Pt. Lookout. Fred’s program will bring to life the conditions of the pen and those who were there! Fred is majoring in law, so if you want the U. S. government's politics (H.R. #97) behind POW exchange, this is also a very interesting topic!

 

Central Virginia

Name: Michael Virts
Home City: Fredericksburg, VA
E-mail: michael.virts@fta.dot.gov
Phone No.: 202-366-0814
Description:

Michael can present his Point Lookout program in the attire of a mid-19th Century Southern planter. He has done extensive research on what was done to the prisoners at Point Lookout and is also most knowledgeable on the endangerment to Southern Heritage today. Michael is also an excellent singer of traditional songs of the South. He is in the process of putting together a slide presentation on Point Lookout.

 

Virginia

Name: Bob Harrison
Home City: Virginia Beach, VA
E-mail: blckrbl@aol.com
Phone No.: 757-425-5119
Description:

Bob does our program on Dick Poplar, who was a black man imprisoned and refused to take the Oath of Allegiance in Point Lookout.


Virginia

Name: Richard B. Abell
Home City: Alexandria, VA
E-mail: richard_bender_abell@yahoo.com
Phone No.: 703-780-4934
Description: Richard's program is about the book he authored entitled Sojourns of a Patriot: The Field & Prison Papers of An Unreconstructed Confederate. The book is centered on Cpl. Augustus Pitt Adamson, 30th GA Vol. Inf., Pt. Lookout POW.

Virginia

Name: Gary Walker
Home City: Roanoke, VA
E-mail: walkersbooks@cox.net
Phone No.: 540-427-1154
Description: Gary's program is on the novel he authored, Son of the South, Pt. Lookout POW, Joe Fowler. The Old South of blushing belles, brave beaus, faithful slaves and hard working masters comes alive. Follow Pvt. Joe Fowler as he serves the CSA, including his stay in Pt. Lookout POW Camp. This program is sure to please those who love Southern values, personal courage, a good story and history.

Wisconsin

Name: Stephen Lambert
Home City: Viroqua, WI
E-mail: swiftone@mwt.net
Phone No.: 608-637-7169
Description:

Stephen's program includes the imprisonment of Pvt. Gordon Repass who was originally with the Home Guard, but soon mustered into service with the 1st VA Inf. He was in his forties and had a family of six children. He was captured at Saylers Creek, where he fought alongside one of his sons. He died while imprisoned in Pt. Lookout. His nephew, John P. Sharitz was also imprisoned here and it was he who wrote the letter back home of his uncle's death. While Pvt. Gordon had been away fighting for his homeland, the yankees entered his home town and burned/looted his and his neighbors homes/barns and their church.

 

   
 
Last updated on November 1, 2008
 
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