Meyers painted this picture while stationed at Camp Douglas. His studio for this painting was the tower of the Cottage Grove Hotel opposite the entrance of the camp.
Camp Douglas, Chicago, 1862-1865 at the period of the Civil War with background showing Lake Michigan and surrounding residences. Center - camp enclosed by white wall; all buildings within the camp are also white; factory with smoke coming out of it in far left background (Union) American flag flies to left on one of the buildings in the camp.
Myers was a Private in Company F 196, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.Named after Senator Stephen A. Douglas, whose estate donated the land, Camp Douglas originally served as a Union Army training camp. After General Ulysses S. Grant captured Fort Donelson in Tennessee, it became a prisoner-of-war camp, housing close to 30,000 Confederate prisoners. Albert Myers, a Union private stationed in Chicago, painted this view looking east from a hotel tower opposite the camp’s entrance. More than 4,000 Confederate soldiers died at Camp Douglas; they are buried at Oakwoods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side.