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Posted By: Mark Hageman on: 07/11/2002 14:20:40 CDT|
Subject: RE: Signal Star'd 'Battle-Flag'
Came across the following (completely by accident) and thought I’d post it here.
Not sure how accurate or authentic the picture is but found it interesting to be posted in
Army doctor Albert Myer, who had worked for a telegraph company, creates a means of sending messages via flags, spawning the American Signal Corps. This method is adopted during the Civil War. He also designs a special star flag, which is given to Signal Corps members who perform well in battle.
During the American Civil War both Union and Confederate forces use the relatively new technology of the telegraph, invented in 1844. Both sides encrypt their telegraph messages and try to decipher those of the enemy.
CBS Time Line