Civil War history buffs and others will be excited to learn about this latest addition to the Digital Collections at the University of Maryland website. This particular item happens to be the sketchbook of one John Jacob Omenhausser, who was imprisoned at the Union prison camp in Point Lookout, Maryland from June 1864 to June 1865. Omenhausser's sketches depict the full range of activities around the camp, and they are particularly noteworthy because of his humorous asides and watercolors. All told, the sketchbook contains 67 pages, and visitors can use the book viewer here to zoom in and out around each drawing. It's a rather engaging item, and visitors shouldn't miss the watercolor on page three depicting a rather risible exchange between a military officer and several others in the camp.


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