Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2014.049.049
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized photograph, stereoscopic view of a large group of men standing and sitting around alongside railroad tracks and a railroad depot. There is a stone and brick building with large arched entrances to the righthand side. A large building is in the center background and part of a third building is on the lefthand side as well as a dirt embankment. Railroad cars can be seen in the distance. Stamped on the sides of the mat board: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Stamped along the bottom of the mat board: "Chattanooga,- Railroad Depot. Rebel prisoners waiting transportation North. Lookout Mountain in the distance." 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."
This stereoscopic view is part of a series of reproduction Civil War photographs entitled "The War for the Union" produced by Taylor & Huntington, Hartford, Conn., circa 1890s.
Date 1863 circa
Photographer Taylor & Huntington
Accession number 2014.049