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"Lee's Miserables" is a Prisoner of War re-enacting group made up of descendants of Point Lookout POWs.
The re-enactors annually portray POWs in Confederate Memorial Park,  Point Lookout, Maryland.
Attire is ragged Confederate clothing accented by unshaven, dirty, wounded, deprived-looking individuals.
Accurate knowledge of the prison's conditions is a must.
To become a Lee's Miserable contact whagin@DOPL.plpow.com
In 1995, an idea was conceived on the grounds of Point Lookout to form a Pt. lookout POW re-enactors group. This was the brain child of Larry L. Beane, II. Larry became the organizer of this group and has been given the title of Sgt. Miserable. Their first prison portrayal was chartered in June 1996 with 10 members. The main purpose of Lee's Miserables is to tell the TRUE story of Point Lookout's POWs' environmental/ physical/ mental/ emotional conditions and their unmerciful treatment. Be sure to see how it was between 1863 - 1865 in this Confederate POW Camp as Lee's Miserables re-enacts prison portrayals in the Living History area each year during our annual pilgrimage.
Sgt. & Mrs. Miserable
Sgt. Miserable Emeritus, Larry Beane and his wife Grace
Our Lee's Miserables re-enactors' flag was purchased by Jerry Wells. His lovely Scottish wife, Anne, sewed  the lettering on it for us! This cherished flag was presented to PLPOW/LM on the prison grounds of Pt. Lookout June 2000.
Jerry & Anne Wells

 

Les Miserables de Point Lookout

Bob Harrison, Bob Harris and Charles Harris

R. Dovel

Ronnie Dovel

Stacy Harris & Dinner

Klaus Schmidt, RI US Volunteer

Lee's Miserable, Mike Pursley

Mike Pursley

Lee's Miserable, Dan Kesler

Dan Kesler

Sidney Lanier

Bob Brewer

Wade, Charles and Stacy Harris and Linwood O'Neill

Lee's Miserables, Mike Pursley & Chet Magno

Mike Pursley & Chet Magno
Bob, Charles, and Wade Harris
Dick Poplar
Youngest Lee's Miserable Harris
Mike Pursley, Clarence Woods, & Max Smith
Stacy Harris
Steve DeFreytas

 

Lee's Miserables Re-Enactors

Lee's Miserables

Terry Barfield, Eddie Berry, Bobby Bishop, Bob Brewer, Brandon Dorsey, Ronnie Dovel, Jim Dunbar, Bob Harris, Charles Harris, Stacy Harris, Wade Harris, Bob Harrison, Greg Hernandez, Dan Kesler, Ted Kosick, Chet Magno, Linwood O'Neal, Jerry Padgett, Mike Pursley, Max Smith, Gary Walker, Clarence Woods and Drummer Boy Wade Harris, III. Klaus Schmidt and Ray Mishoe, US Vol. Guards.

 

Lee’s Miserable Dan Kesler Reportin In

Ma barefeets issa achin
The hardtack issa bakin
Ma cainteen water’s pasty
An jes dadblame naisty
Imma pickin at critters
I’s gots a case o’ the jitters
Ma uneeform issa a sight
But ma attitudes right
Ma flag ‘ll be aflyin
An I ain’t alyin
I’ll be than in June
So ah’l se ya thar sune
Ma harmonicky’s tuned
An ah’l be a blowin-a-tune
Justa a listen fer them liltin
Notes awaiftin thru da pines!

 

Lee’s Miserables Hard Tack

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup water

Blend flour and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and knead until course. Add water and continue to knead until dough is stiff. Add more flour or water if needed. Shape into a ball and roll out onto floured surface. Repeat flattening and rolling several times. Thinly flatten and cut into squares. Puncture 9 worm holes ( 3 across, 3 times) into each. Scoop with pancake turner onto greased baking sheet. Bake 350 deg. for approx. 10 min. until browned.


 

I'm a Good Ole Rebel

Oh, I'm a good old Rebel,
Now that's just what I am;
For this "fair land of Freedom"
I do not care a damn.
I'm glad I fit against it-
I only wish we'd won.
And I don't want no pardon
For anything I've done.

I hates the Constitution,
This great Republic too;
I hates the Freedmen's Buro,
In uniforms of blue.
I hates the nasty eagle,
With all his brag and fuss;
But the lyin', thievin' Yankees
I hates' em wuss and wuss.

We got three hundred thousand
Befo' they conquered us.
They died of Southern fever
And Southern steel and shot;
And I wish it was three million
Instead of what we got.

I can't take up my musket
And fight' em now no mo',
But I ain't a-goin'to love' em,
Now that is sartin sho';
And I don't want no pardon
For what I was and am;
And I won't be reconstructed,
And I do not give a damn.

by Major James Innes Randolph, CSA
First published in 1914, this song expresses the feelings of the old CSA Veterans.


I'm A Good Ole Rebel
   
 
Last updated on November 1, 2008
 
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