There are many excellent books and articles available on the Civil War and the African American contribution to the Civil War.  Below are a few with emphasis on Camp Douglas and the Civil War Prison Camps as well as the contribution of African Americans to the Civil War.

Bernstein, Arnie, The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm (Chicago’s Civil War Connection), Lake Claremont Press, Chicago, IL, 2003

Campbell, Thomas, Fighting Slavery in Chicago, Abolitionists, the Law of Slavery, and Lincoln, AMP&SAND, Chicago IL, 2009

Cook, Francis Frederick, Bygone Days in Chicago –Recollections of the “Garden City” of the sixties, A. C. McClurg & Co, 1910

Donald, Herbert, Lincoln, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995

Doyle, Robert C. The Enemy in our Hands, The University Press of Kentucky, 2010

Foner, Eric, The Fiery Trial, Abraham Lincoln and American Slevery, W. W. Norton & Co. New York , 2010

Gillispie, James M. Andersonvilles of the North: The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners, University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX, 2008

Haynie, I. N. A history of Camp Douglas, A Prisoner of War Camp at Chicago 1861-1865, From a Report by the Adjutant General of the state of Illinois, Volume 1, Eagle Press, Little Rock, AR, October 1991

Karamanski, Theodore J. Rally ‘Round the Flag Chicago and the Civil War, Nelson-Hall, Inc. Chicago, IL

Levy, George, To Die in Chicago, Confederate Prisoners at Camp Douglas 1862-65, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna LA, 1999

Miller, Edward, The Black Soldier of Illinois-Story of the Twenty Ninth US Colored Troops, University of South Carolina Press,1998

McPherson, James M. The Negro’s Civil War, University of Illinois Press, Urbana IL, 1965

Peckenpaugh, Roger, Captives in Grey, The Civil War Prisons of the Union, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2009

Potter, David M. The Impending Crisis, America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861, Harper Perennial, NY, 1967

Pucci, Kelly, Images of America, Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Civil War Prison, Arcadia Press, San Francisco, CA, 2007

Quarles, Benjamin, The Negro in the Civil War, Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 1953 Da Capo Press, New York edition, 1988

Rerdkey, Edward S., Editor, A Grand Army of Black Men, Cambridge University Press, 1992

Starr, Stephen Z. Colonel Grenfell’s Wars, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA, 1971

Spear, Lonnie R. Portals to Hell, Military Prisons of the Civil War, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln NE, 1997

Travis, Dempsey J. An Autobiography of Black Chicago, Urban Research Press, Inc. Chicago, IL 1981