Pt. Lookout POW Descendants Org. is proud to announce that our
CMPI is now the owner of over 3 acres of private land next to the
Pt. Lookout POW Confederate Cemetery!! Our project is known as
the Confederate Memorial Park and its sole purpose is to honor
the sacrifices of the POWs of Pt. Lookout by flying their flag
and erecting a statue/ring of flags in their honor!
This is hallowed, sacred land. There is no doubt
that some of our ancestors' bones are on this property.
There is a forty-foot high flagpole with
a cherished Confederate Battle Flag flying on our private property
with a 3 x 4' GORGEOUS "future site of" sign near the
road. When we left, our flag was flapping in the wind as if to
say, "Look at me! Do you know what I so proudly represent?!
I'm a PROUD American Confederate flag and I'm so glad to be here
to represent the prisoners of war'!"
Dan Kesler, Jim Dunbar, Billy Buck and myself
(Patricia Buck) met on April 9th (Confederate History and Heritage
month!) in Leonardtown, MD, at the lawyer's office with the landowner
and papers were signed. Afterwards, we went down to The Point and
erected the flagpole and a "future site of" sign. We
worked for 8 non stop hours in the pouring rain, but by day's end,
our mission had been accomplished and cement was setting! We stood
by our sign with our Confederate flag waving in the background
and popped a cork on a bottle of champagne and toasted to our ancestors'
honor and their sacrifice!
Afterwards, our blockade runner Grace Pratt, welcomed
us into her home, muddy clothes, shoes and all! She had baked a
homemade cake for us and served hot coffee...which surely was a
welcome! We got home about midnight.
We have property insurance and have posted "private
property-keep off" signs, and police
will be called if any foolishness or
This dream was made a reality by everyone who
has made a donation to our project. We appreciate your help so
When we finish paying off our loan, our next money-raising
phase of this project will be to erect a POW statue and ring of
state flags. We'd also like to place a memorial bench and the state
tree/flower of each Confederate state.
If you haven't contributed thus far, please consider helping us and to ask
your camps/ chapters/ organizations to do the same in memory of those Confederate
American POWs. We could also use some grants, if anyone would help by sending
us contacts or offer assistance in writing them.
A list of contributors is
listed on our web page.
make your donation checks out to Confederate Memorial
Park, Inc. and mail to:
Frank Towberman, Treasurer
P O. Box 337
Claremont, VA 23899
Click on any of the pictures
below to see a full size image
Patricia Buck, lawyer Ernie Bell, former land owner Jean
Ridgell, Dan Kesler, Jim Dunbar and Billy Buck.
||Jim Dunbar and Jean Ridgell
Jean Ridgell and Patricia Buck
||Ground Breaking Time!
Jim Dunbar, Patricia Buck and Dan Kesler.
This ground breaking shovel was won by PLPOW member Rick
Edelen of NJ, during a Silent Auction at our descendants
meeting on June 14th.
||Billy Buck digging holes for the
A tarp was put up to keep the rain off the sign and setting
of cement. It rained for the 8 hours that we worked on
||Future Site Of sign with
our PLPOW and Lee's Miserables Flags to mark our work area.
||Billy Buck podgeing the cement!
||Billy Buck, Jim Dunbar and Dan Kesler
discussing how they were going to get a forty foot pole upright,
in the hole!
|| Billy checking a level for
||Jim Dunbar and Dan Kesler applying
tension to the guide lines of the flag pole.
||Raising the Confederate Battle Flag
in honor of the imprisoned and perished POWs of Pt. Lookout
40' Confederate Battle Flag. Dan
Kesler supplied all materials for the flag and its erection. THANKS,
There is a sweet, sequestered spot,
Where peace and silence reign;
A fair God's acre is the lot,
Where sleep the Southern slain.
||Mission Completed! Champagne
Toast given by each of us, in honor of our ancestors who were
imprisoned in Pt. Lookout POW Camp.