Camp Douglas: Chicago's Civil War Prison

Camp Douglas Chicago s Civil War Prison Thousands of Confederate soldiers died in Chicago during the Civil War not from battle wounds but from disease starvation and torture as POWs in a military prison three miles from the Chicago Loop

  • Title: Camp Douglas: Chicago's Civil War Prison
  • Author: Kelly Pucci
  • ISBN: 9780738551753
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thousands of Confederate soldiers died in Chicago during the Civil War, not from battle wounds, but from disease, starvation, and torture as POWs in a military prison three miles from the Chicago Loop Initially treated as a curiosity, attitudes changed when newspapers reported the deaths of Union soldiers on southern battlefields As the prison population swelled, deadlyThousands of Confederate soldiers died in Chicago during the Civil War, not from battle wounds, but from disease, starvation, and torture as POWs in a military prison three miles from the Chicago Loop Initially treated as a curiosity, attitudes changed when newspapers reported the deaths of Union soldiers on southern battlefields As the prison population swelled, deadly diseases smallpox, dysentery, and pneumonia quickly spread through Camp Douglas Starving prisoners caught stealing from garbage dumps were tortured or shot Fearing a prisoner revolt, a military official declared martial law in Chicago, and civilians, including a Chicago mayor and his family, were arrested, tried, and sentenced by a military court At the end of the Civil War, Camp Douglas closed, its buildings were demolished, and records were lost or destroyed The exact number of dead is unknown however, 6,000 Confederate soldiers incarcerated at Camp Douglas are buried among mayors and gangsters in a South Side cemetery Camp Douglas Chicago s Civil War Prison explores a long forgotten chapter of American history, clouded in mystery and largely forgotten.
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    • Jessica says:

      A good photo introduction to "Camp Douglas", which was a notorious prisoner of war camp for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. It was next door to the original location of the University of Chicago and had a very high death and disease rate, there were also many instances of abuse and torture of prisoners and even executions. However, though I did learn some of the back story to Camp Douglas and a good deal about what happened to the building and the bodies after closer of the camp, ther [...]

    • Jim says:

      Bloody awesome's to note that we had a concentration camp of Confederate prisoners on the Southside by the Museum by the lakee Commandant put the Mayor of Chicago under arrest for complaining about conditionsd put the city under martial law in 1864 almost provoking a street battle between Chicago's gangs and the Police on side and the Union Army on the otherntion from Washington saved the day.

    • Marilyn Lagier says:

      Been reading books about the federal prison camp, Camp Douglas, in Chicago, Illinois, because my Confederate ancestor was imprisoned there for some 18 months and managed to survive--and then walk home to Mississippi after he was paroled in July 1865. This little book had a lot of historical pictures.

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