CDV OF PVT. WILLIAM C. PARKE, WASHINGTON ARTILLERY, POW

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Full-standing studio view of Parke in uniform. He is wearing a single-breasted waist length jacket. An unusually tall slouch hat sits on the chair beside him. Overall, this cdv shows wear and light discoloration. Pencil identification is found on back. Photographer’s backmark, D.F. Brandon, Camp Douglas.

W.C. Parke was in Company H, Washington Artillery. He was captured on Island No. 10 on April 8, 1862. Held prisoner at Camp Douglas, Ill. He took oath of allegiance on September 30, 1862 and was sent to Vicksburg to be exchanged.

Camp Douglas, in Chicago, Illinois, sometimes described as "The North's Andersonville," was one of the largest Union Army prisoner-of-war camps for Confederate soldiers taken prisoner during the American Civil War. Camp Douglas became a permanent prisoner-of-war camp from January 1863 to the end of the war in May 1865. In the aftermath of the war, Camp Douglas eventually came to be noted for its poor conditions and death rate estimated at about seventeen percent. Some 4,275 Confederate prisoners were known to be re-interred from the camp cemetery to a mass grave at Oak Woods Cemetery after the war.

From the William Turner collection.  [jet]  [ph:L]

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