Credit: Courtesy of Mr. Curt Johnson
Not all photographs of prisoners were of returned Union soldiers. Photographers frequently visited prison camps and took photos of soldiers while in captivity. Most notable among these was Camp Douglas in Chicago. A local photographer, D.F. Brandon, seet up a studio inside the prison camp and hundreds of prisoners had portraits made while in captivity.
An example of these prisoner portraits is this image, taken in Brandon's studio inside Camp Douglas, of Confederate prisoner W.W. Kerr. After his release, Kerr joined the 6th Tennessee and was eventually assigned to work as a steward in the hospital at Andersonville. After the war, both former prisoners and Confederate surgeons accused Kerr of stealing hospital funds and supplies from prisoners.