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Object Name Set, Chess
Catalog Number 0985.13.00033
Date 1861-1865
Description Miniature chess set of twenty-eight unfinished wooden pieces, four crude horse shapes, three crude castle shapes, four rooks. The rest are rough hourglass shapes. The set is glued onto a card relating its history. The set was donated to the museum with only 28 pieces. (A complete chess set has 32 pieces.)
Owned Maurice Evans
Owner Regiment 4th Virgnia Cavalry, Co. A
Made Maurice Evans
Provenance Made by Maurice Evans, Company A, 4th Virginia Cavalry, while a prisoner at Point Lookout. The pieces are made from the slats in the bottom of a bunk. (see letter in the ESB Library, Personal Collection, Maurice Evans)

from letter: "Time passed away slowly…hence to drive dull care away, we had to contrive some mode to keep insanity taking hold and your humble servant, with the aid of a jack knife made from the slats in the bottom of a bunk upon which the prison[er]s repose a set of chess men and board, with which many hours [passed] quite pleasantly…."
People Evans, Maurice
Search Terms Point Lookout Military Prison, Maryland
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war
Games
Gaming
Chess