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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 08/12/2006 13:03:07 EDT
Subject: After Action Report, War at Flood Tide 97

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The Signal Corps operating on Castle Pinckney Island during the "War at Flood Tide" held at Charleston, South Carolina in 1997, discovering a challenge of operating at 3/4 of a mile over open water. While reliable signal communication was never established, much was learned and fire control through signal operation was demonstrated.

Bill Hamilton, organizer of the weekend said that, "the event sucessfully demonstrated the practicality of using Castle Pinckney in Charleston Harbor for living history purposes and the suitablity of Patriots Point for a major Civil War living history event. The echo of the Batteries positioned around the harbor and on ship was heard on James Island, throughout Mt. Pleasant, downtown Charleston and out on Sullivan's Island. The event recieved national press attention with the WIS footage being beamed by satelite for rebroadcast in New York City and elsewhere. The state newspaper also covered the event extensively."

Hamilton also added that, "Charleston reenactors, working in cooperation with the Independent Brigade of Georgia's Signal Corps are training and refining signal capability in Charleston now for future events."

The image above shows a red flag being used with what appears to be a treeline background. Though, with a mixture of bright sun and visible shadows on the flag in the image, we can see why (perhaps without the aid of optics) training, even at this short of a distance, could have been a challenge for anyone once removed from the postage stamp sized events most re-enactors are accustomed to working upon.

I guess my question to Bill would have to be... If Charleston reenactors are working in cooperation with the Independent Brigade of Georgia's Signal Corps (or perhaps others by 2006) and are training and refining signal capability in Charleston now (1997 +) for future events, when might we expect the next outing to occur and can you post the particulars of the proposed event so that others here on this forum might consider helping out?

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