What a beautiful monument. This was a great honor to be here. The Camp Douglas prison camp was the worst camp of the war. And that is saying something! On this Sunday, April 29th, about 50 people gathered at the monument to all those Confederate soldiers who were imprisoned and died at Camp Douglas in Chicago Illinois. Not only does this monument stand over the largest mass burial in the entire Western Hemisphere, but it stands as a memorial to those who were horribly mistreated & tortured while imprisoned near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.
I could go on and on, but suffice it say that this prison was every whit as horrible as Andersonville in the South. Only difference is that the officials in Chicago withheld aid and proper treatment on the basis of cruelty, as opposed to Andersonville, which in most cases, just didn't have the supplies to do an adequate job. If you think it is okay to deprive men of clothes and blankets during the Chicago winter, then you'll likely agree with the procedures of prison officials at Camp Douglas. Click on the links to more information about this horrid and shameful chapter of American History in Chicago, Illinois.
Here are some pictures that were taken at the Remembrance Day event. The 2nd Kentucky Cavalry dismounted and the 26th North Carolina Co. G (that is my group!) were asked by the local Sons of Confederate Veterans post to serve as the honor guard. We were honored to do so.