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Sunday, July 4, 1999
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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1999 r nri-"l>vn.YNi;\vs r.) c C9 t 1 / -/ Researcher traces the life of CM War POW I n Part I, descriptions were made of POW camps as to location and life in these horrible places. The following two camps were where my ancestors were taken during the war. Port Hudson State Commemorative Area in Zachary, La., is 14 miles north of Baton Rouge. Until I found the name on the Civil War records of my great-great- grandfather having served there, I did not know there was such a place. I found it on a Louisiana map and made it one of my stops on a genealogy trip. There is a nice museum and battlegrounds there, and my ancestor is listed on the computer printout. The siege of Port Hudson began on May 23,1863, and pitted 30,000 Union troops against 6,800 Confederates under command of Maj. Gen. Franklin Gardner. In May and again on June 14, the Union army launched ferocious assaults against the four-mile long string of fortifications protesting the batteries near Port Hudson. These actions constituted some of the most severe and bloodiest fighting of the entire Civil War. As the siege continued in July, the Confederates had exhausted their ammunition and were reduced to eating mules, horses and rats. When word reached Gardner that Vicksburg had surrendered, he realized that the situation was hopeless and nothing could be gained by continuing the defense of Port Hudson. Surrender terms were negotiated and on July 9,1863, after 48 days and thousands of casualties, the Union Army entered Port Hudson. In Civil War history the significance of the siege lies in the fact that it was the last Confederate stronghold on H the Mississippi River. The 48-day siege was the longest in American military history. Port Hudson is significant for another reason. It was here that African-American soldiers in the regular U.S. Army first participated in an assault. My ancestor enlisted in Fayetteville, Ark., to Company 6, Regiment 16 of Captain Hill's Arkansas Infantry. He survived the war and was on the Arkansas 1880 census. Point Lookout is at the extreme southern tip of St. Mary's County, Md., at the junction of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. At times, the waters surrounding the point are very calm, but over the years many ships have been lost in storms and hurricanes. Point Lookout acquired its name as vessels neared the site, they had to "look out" and steer out around the point. Before the war, it had been a resort with hotels, boarding houses, cottages and commercial establishments. The military prison opened in 1863 and was on its way to becoming the largest Union POW facility in existence. It could confine up to 10,000 captives. The government built a 1,400-bed hospital complex with 20 buildings arranged in a circle like spokes of a wheel, that included a wide wharf to rescue supplies, storehouses, stables, laundry and dining areas and quarters for officers, doctors, surgeons and troops. All POWs, however, were to be sheltered in tents. By September 1863, the captive population had grown to 4,000 and then climbed to 9,000 by December. Eventu- ally the prison would hold up to 20,000 on several occasions. As described at other camps in Part I, here, too, the prisoners were allowed only one blanket to several men and their sufferings from the cold were intense. Between November 1863, and February 1864, more than 540 Southern men confined at Point Lookout perished. The well water at Point Lookout smelled bad, looked bad and induced chronic diarrhea in many captives. It colored everything black and left a scum on top if it when left standing during the night. Only a few of the discomforts are listed here. There were many more. I don't know how my great-grandfather survived the war with all the sickness abounding there. He was with Company AB, 12th Alabama Infantry. He was captured at Winchester, Va., arrived at Harper's Ferry in September 1864, where he was transferred to Point Lookout and was released in May 1865, to live another 22 years, where he moved from Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, before dying in Northeast Texas in 1887. There is a visitors center at I fourth of July -s' yVatermeCon festival and Ice Cream Crank-Off! Join us Sunday, JuCy 4th from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. for an Ofd- fashionecC'WatermeCon festivaCancClce Cream Crank-off. There -\vitt6e music, downs, games, prizes ... even a Kid's Xazoo "Parade, you can enjoy watermefon andpCenty of ice cream, you can even cast a vote for your favorite crank-off team. AttTroceeds "Benefit tfope Therapy Musical Entertainment Games & Prizes Face Painting Clowns Jugglers Plant Sale Ceramic Sale Ice Cold Watermelon $1.OO per slice Ice Cream Crank-off 12:00 - 2:OO p.m. Kiel's Kazoo Parade 2:3O p.m. Pianist Larry Patacheck MOODY GARDENS GALVESTON ISLAND Call for Information: 1-800-582-4673 Point Lookout, and perhaps a museum. There was to be a large plaque placed there, listing all the names of the men who perished there. According to the Word Book, the Civil War cost more than any other American War in terms of human casualties. About one million men were killed or wounded. The North lost 324,000 men and the South lost 258,000, but disease killed more men than bullets did. Only 110,000 Union soldiers and 94,000 Confederate troops died on the battlefields. The South suffered the worst damage, because most of the fighting occurred there. • "Through the Spyglass" appears the first and third Sundays of the month. The column Is coordinated by Kathryn McKafg of Texas City Ancestry Searchers. This column was written by Frances Foreman, president of the club. TCAS meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Moore Memorial Public Library, 1701 Ninth Ave. N., Texas City. Those Interested in genealogy are welcome to attend. Send questions to Through the Spyglass, P.O. Box 3301, Texas City, Texas 77592-3301. Hardcover fiction 1. "Hannibal" by Thomas Harris (Delacorte) 2. "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown) 3. "Mother of Pearl" by Melinda Haynes (Hyperion) 4. "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" by Stephen King (Scribner) 5. "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Rshing" by Melissa Bank (Viking) 6. "We'll Meet Again" by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster) 7. "Star Wars: Episode l-The Phantom Menace" by Terry Brooks (DelRey/LucasBooks) 8. "The Testament" by John Grisham (Doubleday) 9. "High Five" by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press) 10. "Certain Prey" by John Sandford (Putnam) Nonfiction/general 1. "Shadow" by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster) 2. "The Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw (Random House) 3. "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (Doubleday) 4. "Every Man a Tiger" by Tom Clancy (Putnam) 5. "The Majors" by John Feinstein (Little, Brown) 6. "Encore Provence" by Peter Mayle (Knopf) 7. "The Art of Happiness" by The Dalai Lama (Riverhead) 8. "Body for Life" by Bill Phillips and Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins) 9. "The Century" by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster (Random House) 10. "Sugar Busters!" by Steward, Bethea, Andrews, Balart (Ballantine) The Associated Press TEXAS CITY DIKE LIGHTED FISHING PIER DEEPEST FISHING PIER ON THE TEXAS COAST LIVE BAND ON SUNDAY a PM - 8 PM DOWN TO EARTH OLD MOTOWN HITS Come Enjoy The View From Our Covered Patio, Ships, Sailboats, etc. 409-948-8172 Voted The Best Hamburgers Around • Family Fun Since 1962 Beer & Wine Breaktasl. Lunch & Dinner SEAFOOD* BAI STAR TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS — FISH OF THE WEEK — FRESH GROUPER HUJETS Fresh Red Snapper 1 Un<j • Ambojack • Grouper Scallop* • Flounder • Lobrter Tails • Soft-Shell Crab •Charters • U« & Dead Batt • Crabs • Table Shrimp •Crab Meat • Fish • Crartfish • Fresh Oysters 741-1360 • 1727 61" Street (FormaHy Ncgrinfo) To My Husband: tVatte* Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary (6/27/99) To My Wife: Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary and Happy Birthday (6/29/99) / Love You, Baby — You're my inspiration. You 're the best thing that ever happened to me Got a hot tip? When news breaks, call the Daily News at 409-683-5312 Schools In Session Moody Gardens is making waves as we announce the Grand Opening of our new Aquarium, filled to the gills with thousands of exotic fish from the oceans of the world. Come face-to-face with stingrays, sharks, penguins, seals and more as you wade through one of the hirgest "underwater classrooms"on earth. For more information and current events, please call 1-800-582-4673. \ T THE AQUARIUM M (1 O I) V GALVESTON ISLAND SPECIAL OFFER! ROBERT DUBAC'S THE MALE INTELLECT AH OXYMORON? A hilarious solo performance where one man asks the impossible question, "What do women want?" July 6-July 11 Tuesday-Friday • 8 pm Saturday • 2 & 8 pm Sunday • 2 & 7 pm This production is recommended for adult audiences only. TICKETS: $15.00 & $7.50 "The Male Intellect" is a crafty and thought-provoking concoction. In the show's 90 minutes, Dubac examines how men and women act alone—and the myriad ways in which they don't. It is a show that provides lots orgee-thnl's-just-likc- mc laughs, hut also one ol" emotional depth and umler.Mnndinv. - Kick Kitgtin, Chicago Trihimf Magazine ORDER TWO OR MORE TICKETS TO "The Male Intellect an oxymoron?" AND Order a 1999-2000 Patron's Choice Subscription at the same time! 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