Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2014.049.043
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized photograph, distance shot of the side of a mountain, near its peak. There is a rough pathway winding through the rock outcroppings and trees. There are about nine Union Army men scattered throughout the mountainside, some in groups, some alone. In the background is a wooden shack, which should be the photography studio for R. M. Linn. This image is similar to the "famous" image of General Ulysses Grant at Lookout Mountain.
Handwritten on back: Slope, Lookout Mt. Stamped on back: Taylor & Seavey Photographers for the Army of the Tennessee.

This image is taken from almost exactly the same vantage point as the famous picture of General Ulysses Grant examining Lookout Mountain after the November 1863 battle. At the bottom of the image, below the trailhead, is a man who looks like General Grant. Unfortunately the low resolution and low contrast of the image doesn't allow for crisp details to show. But it looks like it might be General Grant, given his facial hair and the lack of it on his staff members. The famous image has him in the same location just higher up on the trail. However, this particular image is credited to Taylor & Seavey while the famous image is credited to R.M. Linn.

Cataloguer sent the image to three noted Civil War historians for their thoughts about this image and the possibility that the man in the photograph is General Grant. They all agreed that the image was taken at the same time as the other one, but were hesitant to definitely identify the man as Grant, given the low resolution of the image.

Date 1863
Photographer Taylor & Seavey
Accession number 2014.049