Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2014.049.048
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized photograph, stereoscopic view of a large group of soldiers standing and sitting in large and small groups along side railroad tracks, outside of a railroad depot. There is a stone block structure with an arched entrance to the right. To the left are railroad tracks and railroad cars.
This stereoscopic view is part of a series of Civil War images entitled "The War for the Union. Photographic War History, 1861-1865" which is stamped on the front of the mat board. Stamped on the bottom righthand side is "6653. Chattanooga, Tennessee." On the back is a stamped description of the image: "In the foreground is the Railroad Depot of Chattanooga; a group of Rebel prisoners waiting for a train to make up to take them North." Reproduction images are from Taylor & Huntington, Hartford, Conn., circa 1890s. Dr. Daryl Black and other scholars and Civil War forums suggest that this photo is not of 'Confederate prisoners' as has been described. "Long believed to be an image of Confederate prisoners "waiting to be transported north", recent analysis by historians demonstrates it to be an image of United States soldiers awaiting rail transportation at the Union Depot in Chattanooga. The details of the story this image tells are unknown. However, one scholar has suggested that the picture shows United States soldiers on their way home for a veterans furlough in early 1864. Thousands of northern volunteers had re-enlisted in late 1863 and early 1864 and were rewarded with a 30 day furlough. They traveled home by rail and many passed through the Union Depot in Chattanooga."

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Date 1863-1864 circa
Photographer Taylor & Huntington
Accession number 2014.049