The long tables are set for chow in this mess hall, ready to feed American soldiers. Soldiers who are preparing to fight in the war between the States.
The powerful cylinder stoves, featured in the center of the mess hall, tower at eight feet tall. The imposing workhorse heaters are made of four different steel sections stacked on top of one another.
These impressive heating stoves, manufactured in Springfield Massachusetts, no longer exist. They are preserved only in photographs like this one from the Library of Congress.