Camp Douglas, Near Chicago,
Where Confederate Prisoners from the West Were Confined
In the foreground stands a Confederate sergeant with rolls
of the prisoners in his bands. It was the custom of the captives to choose a
mess-sergeant from among their own number. These hundreds of men are a part of
the thousands confined at Camp Douglas. The barracks were enclosed by a fence to
confine the Confederate prisoners taken at Forts Donelson and Henry, and new
barracks were afterward built. The barracks were wooden buildings ninety by
twenty-four feet, of which twenty feet was cut off for the kitchen. In the
remaining seventy feet an average of one hundred and seventy men slept in tiers
of bunks. Camp Douglas was located on land belonging to the Stephen A. Douglas
estate, and was bounded by Cottage Grove Avenue on the east. Forest Avenue on
the west, Thirty-first Street on the north, and Thirty-third Street on the
south. In 1911 the Cottage Grove Avenue electric cars were running past the old
front, and the Thirty-first Street cross-town cars past the north boundary; the
"Camp" was a residence district.
page 22 & 23 in 1911 book
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