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Posted By: Ken Dombroski on: 06/16/2002 18:19:57 CDT|
Subject: Photographic evidence of signal insignia in 1861
Not sure if this is news, but I think I may have found photographic evidence of a signal insignia worn as early as 1861. In the photo of Maj. Myer and his signal officers at Red Hill in 1861 (see Photographic History of the Civil War, vol. 8, 1911 ed., pp. 308-09), if you look at the enlisted man with a beard and short roundabout style jacket with his arms crossed standing just to the left behind the group of officers, you can barely make out a pair of crossed flags on his right sleeve just above the elbow. The photo is very grainy in the background where he is standing, but he has something on that sleeve, and unless he is a color sergeant, that insignia is a pair of signal flags.