C.V. Vol 1.Mr. Albert W. Traylor of Richmond, Vir. Captured Mar 25 and 'shipped from Petersburg with 1500 others to Pt. Lookout.
His impressions and observations.Mar 25-June 21,'65
The prison was approx 25 acres inclosed with a plank fence 16' high with a guard walk. At time he was there he understood there to be more 20,000 inmates. 7 men quarted in a A tent which occupied a space of 7 feet square.
Daily routine. Roll call at 6. A pint tin cup of coffee, and about one-half loaf of bakers bread, which was of excellent quality, with a piece of codfish or mackeral........about eight or nine o'clock, and the same tin cup of pea or bean soup with the same quanity of bread, and a small piece of corn beef or saltpork...served about one or two o'clock.
He also remembered Maj. A.J. Brady of the US Army, then the provost marshall or Commandant, of the prison and especially rememberd by Mr. Traylor as a man of good temper and kind heart...adding that Maj.Brady's consideration in the treatment ot the infortunates there imprisioned, did more than anyother one thing to prepare him for acceptance in proper spirit the results of the War.
Religious services were conducted almost daily and by ministers from Baltimore and Washington on Sundays. Petty thiefs of rations, etc, was common and fisticuffs frequent, but the punishments were never harsh or severe..