Chicago & the Civil War

Chicago’s Camp Douglas served as a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War, where unfortunately, thousands of soldiers (from both sides) died of various diseases.  This blog post about preserving Civil War photos reminded me of some of my favorite cemetery tours from the Chicago Architecture Foundation: Civil War and Chicago’s Role: Rosehill Cemetery and Civil War to Civil Rights: Oak Woods Cemetery.  The latter is near my home in Hyde Park, where some 4200 Confederate soldiers have been laid to rest (after being reinterred from a couple of different locations, though primarily from City Cemetery in what is today Lincoln Park).  This cemetery is particularly interesting for having such a swath of history into the present, from a seemingly abandoned Jewish portion on the side side to athletes to various politicians and civil rights leaders. it is a real treat to see if you have the chance.

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