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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 12/05/2004 23:00:12 EDT
Subject: Official Re-enactor Indifference

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My word!!!! I think that there more than likely period blunders to fit just about every one we re-enactors have ever thought about committing upon the re-enacting field. Here's what I mean:

"With the army thus located [on the Peninsular between the York and James Rivers in 1862] the Chief Signal Officer early found cause for regret that official indifference had prevented the construction of the telegraph trains with which it was at first intended to equip the Signal Corps. With trains of the character of those afterward used with the Army of the Potomac, it would have been easy to connect, in one day after their arrival before Yorktown, the principal headquarters of the army. The insulated wire would be even safer running through the woodline then when extended [and exposed] by the side of roads." (JW Brown's Signal History - p. 299 para. 3)....

Thought you'd all like to see the above.
Walt
PS I think the only area where we handily surpass the 1860'ers in campaign logistics is that we tend to be able to justify more white canvas adjacent to our battlefields then ever 'could'be hoped for from the Boys of '61.

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