"Contraband" Camp

"Contraband" Camp (HM14Z1)

Location: Lexington Park, MD 20653 St Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.478', W 76° 19.314'

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During the Civil War, thousands of enslaved African-Americans escaped from captivity in the South to liberty in the North. The grounds before once sheltered these freedom-seekers, know at that time as "Contraband".

Conditions in the "Contraband Camp" were appalling. Men, women and children lived half underground in dark, damp, smoky dens.

Nurse Sophronia Bucklin's first-hand accounts of the "Contraband Camp" described men burrowing like "beasts of the field in half-subterranean dens." Nurse Sophronia Bucklin described the scene "A hole from three to four feet deep was dug by them in the black soil, and roofed over with boards, on which turf was closely packed. An opening which admitted them on their hands and feet, and one for the escape of smoke?were the only vents for the impure air, and the only openings for light."

Changing Fortunes
Some residents of the "Contraband Camp" found jobs at Point Lookout as military service staff or laborers, jettisoning the bonds of slavery for the government payroll.
HM NumberHM14Z1
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384003 N 4211222
Decimal Degrees38.04130000, -76.32190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.478', W 76° 19.314'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 28.68" N, 76° 19' 18.84" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10350 Point Lookout Rd, Lexington Park MD 20653, US
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