Unprepared for a protracted war, the huge number of prisoners of war overwhelmed both sides ability to hold them. Coupled with the bitter animosity toward the enemy this lead to inhuman ... See full summary »

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Thomas Y. Cartwright ...
Director, Carter House, Franklin, TN
William C. Davis ...
Civil War Author / Historian
Joseph G. Dawson ...
Professor of History, Texas A&M University
David Dixon ...
Professor of History, Slippery Rock University, PA
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George Levy ...
Author: "To Die in Chicago"
A.J. Roberts ...
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Unprepared for a protracted war, the huge number of prisoners of war overwhelmed both sides ability to hold them. Coupled with the bitter animosity toward the enemy this lead to inhuman conditions in prisoner of war camps. This program tells the history of the worst of the Union prison camps, Camp Douglas, in the context of the attitudes and events outside the camp. Written by David Foss

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Family Descendants died at Camp Douglas
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this documentary but hope to in the future. 2 of my descendants died at this camp, 2 of my great-grandfather's brothers (on my Dad's side). I've been able to trace them through census and civil war documents. Their names are inscribed on the plates surrounding the monument erected at Camp Douglas, in memory of those who died there.

My descendants were originally stationed at Fort Donelson, TN. They were captured there by the Union Army in one of the most significant battles of the civil war, then transferred to Camp Douglas. I have no knowledge how or what they died of, except the apparent barbaric conditions of the Camp in general.


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