Carte-de-visites were invented in France in the 1850’s, and made their way to the US a few years before the Civil War. This rare CDV depicts Confederate prisoners of war being held at Camp Douglas, Ill., late in the Civil War. Some of the soldiers partially identified are: Shaffer, Eastman, Finch, McKay, Chadwick, and Nesbit. The regiment is unidentified. Camp Douglas, located just south of Chicago, Illinois, was one of the largest Union Army prisoner-of-war camps for Confederate soldiers taken prisoner during the Civil War. It became a permanent prisoner-of-war camp from January 1863 to the end of the war in May 1865. Ca. 1865, item # 1983.0380A.19, 10.5 x 6.5 cm.
Prisoner of war camps, Camp Douglas, Ill, Confederate prisoners of war, Carte-de-visites, Civil War prison camps