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Big City Archaeology

Did you know the South Side is getting torn up, as we speak, in honor of the past. Don't worry, the perps are archaeologists, and they'll put the ground back the way they found it. They're looking for buried remnants of Camp Douglas, where else but in Douglas of course. The Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation is leading three digs near 31st and Cottage Grove that are aiming for limestone bits of the large civil war base, and any other trinkets that may speak to the history of the base and/or neighborhood. According to NBC, Camp Douglas covered 30 acres and was a training ground for more than 40,000 union soldiers. Up to 12,000 confederate prisoners were also at the party. [NBC, photo: Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation]