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    Re: Prisoners at point lookout taking the oath

    Sir and Ma'am, going back through the threads this image caught my attention, along with the other threads on this image. I've run across another description of this image dated 1912 in "Photographic History of the Civil War" by Francis T. Miller.
    If I may pass along this description.

    This is the finale, the last tableau of the Great Drama of the Civil War--a drama that for four years had held the stage of half a continent with all civilization for an audience. In late April of '65 a photographer visited Point Lookout Prison, Maryland, and was present when the last Confederate prisoners took the oath of allegiance to the flag under whose shadow they stand as their hands touch simultaneously the Bibles--One held by each group of four. At the desk, administering the oath, sits the Commander of the Department of St. Mary's, General James Barnes, who since recovering from his wounds at Gettysburg had been in charge of more captured Confederates than there were in Lee's last army. It is a moving sight; it stirs the emotions, to look at the faces of these men, now returning from their exile to their war-ridden country and desolated homes. Theirs is the hardest task in all the world--to conquer defeat and begin anew, under changed surroundings and conditions, the struggle for existence. Bravely the Southerners faced it, as bravely as they had faced the line of blue-clad men who are their enemies no longer. Long before fifty years had passed, when again the war clouds had risen and the Country called for men, during the Spanish War, in the great camps at Chickamauga--"the sons of the sires, at the same camp-fires, cheered one flag where their fathers fought."

    The image and description are in volume 3, page 179 at this sight.
    (5 volumes in high resolution) http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/E468x7xM647/phcwmenu.html
    Also 10 volumes in less resolution at http://www.quinnipiac.edu/other/abl/...ilwar/toc.html

    My two cents, Mel.
    Mel Hadden, Husband to Julia Marie, Maternal Great Granddaughter of
    Eben Lowder, Corporal, Co. H 14th Regiment N.C. Troops (4th Regiment N.C. Volunteers, Co. H, The Stanly Marksmen) Mustered in May 5, 1861, captured April 9, 1865.
    Paternal Great Granddaughter of James T. Martin, Private, Co. I, 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment Senior Reserves, (76th Regiment N.C. Troops)

    "Aeterna Numiniet Patriae Asto"

    CWPT
    www.civilwar.org.

    "We got rules here!"

    The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

    Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being for the most part contributations by Union and Confederate officers

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    Re: Prisoners at point lookout taking the oath

    I think that not only by the description's wording but also by the date that there is some after-the-fact writer's artistic license with the description. My reasoning is that I have a copy of my ancestor's oath of allegience taken at Point Lookout in June, 1865. So this particular group, if photographed in April is not the final group to take the oath there. I have seen many pictures in various sources from back then with different captions attributed to them so it seems there was very little perceived need to be journalistically accurate with captions and photographs back then.

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    Re: Prisoners at point lookout taking the oath

    Yes sir, I agree with your opinion, the description indeed carries lots of artistic license. The other volumes also carry the same type license in describing the photographs. As far as being free from factual error, they are kinda like horseshoes and hand grenades.

    Mel
    Mel Hadden, Husband to Julia Marie, Maternal Great Granddaughter of
    Eben Lowder, Corporal, Co. H 14th Regiment N.C. Troops (4th Regiment N.C. Volunteers, Co. H, The Stanly Marksmen) Mustered in May 5, 1861, captured April 9, 1865.
    Paternal Great Granddaughter of James T. Martin, Private, Co. I, 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment Senior Reserves, (76th Regiment N.C. Troops)

    "Aeterna Numiniet Patriae Asto"

    CWPT
    www.civilwar.org.

    "We got rules here!"

    The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

    Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being for the most part contributations by Union and Confederate officers

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