CDV OF SGT. A. LORENZEN, LOUISIANA CRESCENT INFANTRY, CAPTURED AT SHILOH

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Bust view of Lorenzen in shirt. Overall, this cdv shows wear, light discoloration, and ink stains. Period ink inscription on lower edge of mount, “To P.A. T______ [?] from his friend A. Lorenzen”. Photographer’s backmark, D.F. Brandon, Camp Douglas.

Lorenzen was promoted to Sergeant in January 1862. Captured on April 8, 1862 at Shiloh and sent to Camp Douglas in Chicago. He was sent to Vicksburg to be exchanged in September. Captured again in Labadieville, LA on October 27, 1862. Paroled in January 1863. Enlisted in Louisiana Consolidated Militia in 1864.

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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