Original panoramic photograph, 8 x 40 inches. Captioned in the negative with the title, photographer's signature, and image number (740). A few annotations in ink indicate various points of reference (mostly numbers that must have been matched to a key no longer present), one 1/4" tear; very good. Unmounted and unbacked, stored rolled.
A rare image documenting the appearance and layout of the camp where thousands of medical personnel were trained to work in ambulance companies and evacuation and field hospitals during World War I. Camp Greenleaf was created at Chickamauga National Battlefield Park in May 1917 under a program that used National Park and Battlefield land for military training installations. In only 18 months of operation, the camp trained 6,640 officers and 31,138 enlisted men. During this period 37 evacuation hospitals were staffed and equipped, with most departing camp for the front. This image shows rows of of buildings as far as the eye can see, interspersed with some tents and even a row of cots where it appears men have been sleeping out in the open. The camp would be decommissioned two months after Chattanooga-based photographer North H. Losey visited. We have located records of several other panoramic photographs taken at Camp Greenleaf (most of groups of officers), but no other examples of this image.