Civil War Prisons
Key to Southern Prisons by O. R. Dahl, 15th Wisconsin Infantry. Pages 8 and 9 show prices of food and supplies at Sutler's, Columbia, South Carolina.
Graphic of prisoners in the snow at Camp Douglas in Chicago. The image is included in an 1893 book by John M. Copley entitled Sketch. Battle of Franklin, Tenn. Reminiscences of Camp Douglas.
The following note accompanied this ring:
This ring was carved from a button, inlaid from a dime, given to my mother, Ellen M. Baker during the Civil War. Her father, Wm. Baker, was a chaplain with the 79th Vol. of Ill. & stationed in New Orleans. There my mother and her sister, as little girls, visited their father. They sang to the prisoners in the hospital, & one made my mother this ring. My mother was about 10 yrs. old at the time. Dorothy R. Williard.
William M. Baker is listed in the Illinois Adjutant General's Report as a chaplain with the 97th Illinois Infantry (not the 79th as written in Dorothy's note). William enlisted from Quincy, Illinois in 1862, and he resigned in December 1864.