||"Lee's Miserables" is
a Prisoner of War re-enacting group made up of descendants
of Point Lookout POWs.
||The re-enactors annually
portray POWs in Confederate
Memorial Park, Point Lookout, Maryland.
||Attire is ragged
Confederate clothing accented by unshaven, dirty, wounded,
of the prison's conditions is a must.
||To become a Lee's
Miserable contact whagin@DOPL.plpow.com
||In 1995, an idea was conceived
on the grounds of Point Lookout to form a Pt. lookout POW
re-enactors group. This was the brain child of Larry L. Beane,
II. Larry became the organizer of this group and has been
given the title of Sgt. Miserable. Their first prison
portrayal was chartered in June 1996 with 10 members. The
main purpose of Lee's Miserables is to tell the TRUE story
of Point Lookout's POWs' environmental/ physical/ mental/
emotional conditions and their unmerciful treatment. Be sure
to see how it was between 1863 - 1865 in this Confederate
POW Camp as Lee's Miserables re-enacts prison portrayals
in the Living History area each year during our annual pilgrimage.
Sgt. Miserable Emeritus, Larry Beane
and his wife Grace
||Our Lee's Miserables re-enactors'
flag was purchased by Jerry Wells. His lovely Scottish wife,
Anne, sewed the lettering on it for us! This cherished
flag was presented to PLPOW/LM on the prison grounds of Pt.
Lookout June 2000.
Jerry & Anne Wells
Terry Barfield, Eddie Berry, Bobby Bishop, Bob Brewer,
Brandon Dorsey, Ronnie Dovel, Jim Dunbar, Bob Harris, Charles
Harris, Stacy Harris, Wade Harris, Bob Harrison, Greg Hernandez,
Dan Kesler, Ted Kosick, Chet Magno, Linwood O'Neal, Jerry
Padgett, Mike Pursley, Max Smith, Gary Walker, Clarence
Woods and Drummer Boy Wade Harris, III. Klaus Schmidt and
Ray Mishoe, US Vol. Guards.
Miserable Dan Kesler Reportin In
Ma barefeets issa achin
The hardtack issa bakin
Ma cainteen waters pasty
An jes dadblame naisty
Imma pickin at critters
Is gots a case o the jitters
Ma uneeform issa a sight
But ma attitudes right
Ma flag ll be aflyin
An I aint alyin
Ill be than in June
So ahl se ya thar sune
Ma harmonickys tuned
An ahl be a blowin-a-tune
Justa a listen fer them liltin
Notes awaiftin thru da pines!
Miserables Hard Tack
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup water
Blend flour and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and
knead until course. Add water and continue to knead until
dough is stiff. Add more flour or water if needed. Shape
into a ball and roll out onto floured surface. Repeat
flattening and rolling several times. Thinly flatten and
cut into squares. Puncture 9 worm holes ( 3 across, 3 times)
into each. Scoop with pancake turner onto greased baking
sheet. Bake 350 deg. for approx. 10 min. until browned.
I'm a Good
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel,
Now that's just what I am;
For this "fair land of Freedom"
I do not care a damn.
I'm glad I fit against it-
I only wish we'd won.
And I don't want no pardon
For anything I've done.
I hates the Constitution,
This great Republic too;
I hates the Freedmen's Buro,
In uniforms of blue.
I hates the nasty eagle,
With all his brag and fuss;
But the lyin', thievin' Yankees
I hates' em wuss and wuss.
We got three hundred thousand
Befo' they conquered us.
They died of Southern fever
And Southern steel and shot;
And I wish it was three million
Instead of what we got.
I can't take up my musket
And fight' em now no mo',
But I ain't a-goin'to love' em,
Now that is sartin sho';
And I don't want no pardon
For what I was and am;
And I won't be reconstructed,
And I do not give a damn.
by Major James Innes Randolph, CSA
First published in 1914, this song expresses the feelings of the old CSA Veterans.
I'm A Good Ole Rebel