As mentioned in the previous post, the three images date from March 1900 and now reside within the restored Caretaker’s Lodge where the Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission maintains its headquarters and a history display. Click here to visit the MCNPC website.
I took the picture on the right without any consideration of the 1900 image.
Once the image was scanned, I was able to zoom into the background and pull out this detail. The sign next to the door says “Superintendent’s Office.” Today the room is used as the above mentioned history display for the MCNC Preservation Commission. This makes perfect sense given the layout of the building. The room extends at a right angle from what was the living quarters. The staircase is not accessible from the “office”.
Only three years later, in 1903, the government authorized to increase the headstone in size to 39 inches and 12 inches wide. This design is known as the “Civil War” type.
After World War I, a marble design 42 inches long and 13 inches wide was adopted. This design is referred to as the “general” type.
If you’re interested to know more, please click on this link to the National Cemetery Administration and its page about the history of military headstones.