|Object Name||Set, Chess|
|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.)|
|Owner Regiment||4th Virgnia Cavalry, Co. A|
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…."
Point Lookout Military Prison, Maryland
Prisoners of war