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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 05/21/2004 09:45:35 EDT
Subject: Signal Flag Mystery Closer to Solving

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We know that on page 120 of the 1864 Manual of Signals for the Use of Signal Officers in the Field, Washington, D.C., that a special cross-bearing signal flag was used to denote the position of electric field telegraph stations operated by the US Arny Signal Corps. But why this flag?

The US Navy has a white flag with a blue cross in it representing the letter "X". When displayed alone, according to the web offering "Sea Flags" by Joseph McMillan, if this flag were hoisted by a warship, the CODE/ANSWERING pennant would be added as the first flag in the hoist and the "Single Letter Signal" for "X" would mean - Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.

Sounds pretty rude doesn't it? Couldn't they say, hummm... I'f you don't mind or something? Well that's military I guess.

Anyone else want to offer a suggestion here? Oh! The scetch is part of a centerfold spread by Waud out of a war-time Harper's Weekly.

Walt
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