Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2014.049.100
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized photograph, stereoscopic view of a large, flat stone outcropping that has had an opening cut into it, and in which an arched stone entrance has been made with stone blocks. There is a wooden door to the entrance of the vault. There is a sloping, gravel road in front of the outcropping. Handwritten on the front is "Vault - National Cemetery."
Stamped on the back: H.L. Dean, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Stereoscopic Views, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga Views, Sand Mountain Views. There are lists of images available under each of the main views for a total of 49 views.

Cataloguer sent the image to James Ogden, Historian, Chickamauga National Military Park, and he stated that the vault or temporary holding room was created by an opening/cave in the limestone outcrop in what is now the National Cemetery. It is his understanding that that natural opening/rock shelter/cave was walled up and a door provided and it was a place where a few bodies could be kept overnight or for a day or so until being interred. Ogden hasn't seen an 1864-1865 reference to it so it might not be something that was created until shortly after the Civil War.
Date 1870 circa
Photographer H.L. Dean
Accession number 2014.049