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Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago

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Oak Woods Cemetery is a cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. Located at 1035 E. 67th Street, in the Greater Grand Crossing area of Chicago's South Side, it was established on February 12, 1853, and covers.
It is the setting for a mass grave and memorial for Confederate prisoners of war. Oak Woods is also the final resting place of several famous Americans including Harold Washington, Ida B Wells and Enrico Fermi.
The first burials took place in 1860. After the Civil War (1861–1865), several thousand Confederate soldiers, prisoners who died at Camp Douglas, were reburied here. A monument and marker, which former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor John C. Underwood helped construct, probably inflates the number of soldiers buried as 6,000, but lists the names of more than 4,000. Another, smaller memorial commemorates the Union soldiers who died at the Camp Douglas, often from contagious diseases. These bodies had originally been buried at City Cemetery, which was closed and removed during expansion of Lincoln Park during the urban renewal following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. They were exhumed and reinterred together in a mass grave, which came to be known as Confederate Mound, reputedly the largest mass grave in the Western Hemisphere.
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  • My wife and I have visited many famous cemeteries in our travels across the country. Most notable are Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, and Gracel...  more »
  • We only have a small portion of the dead field seen. Driven around by car gave a good first impression. Well-maintained and impressive tombstones.
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  • As a family service counselor I have an gained interest in the history at cemeteries. I work at a beautiful memorial garden and this place is breathtaking. So much history and lots of unique monuments. Well kept.
  • Dispute the rude lady with the short hair in the private office, this is a great cemetery. My grandparents are buried here and I haven’t been back since I moved out of town 10 years ago. I came in this past Sunday and some men who came before me rang the bell for assistance. A lady came out the office on the right and was extremely rude when they were asking the price of a picture for a gravestone. Another lady came out the back and the rude lady left and slammed her door. The men commented how rude she was and the lady with the longer hair who came from the back apologized on her behalf. It’s a busy place, she was trying to help the two men and the phone was ringing and I still hadn’t been helped. Finally I grabbed a map and found the area where my grandparents are, but the map is a poor quality copy so I couldn’t read the street names. I finally had to politely interrupt after 10 minutes and just point to the map and ask the name of this street so I can be on my way. The lady was so nice and grabbed a highlighter and marked my path. The cemetery is beautiful and in the spring you can see baby ducklings. It’s a quiet place to go and reflect.

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