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Posted By: Joe Martin on: 06/04/2009 03:59:40 EDT
Subject: RE: Making Sense of Re-created Events With Compasses

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The link is to OR Series 1, Volume 36 (Part II) beginning on p.20, containing a very detailed report by Capt. Lernuel B. Norton, U. S. Army, Chief Signal Officer, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, including operations April 19-June 14 [1864]. Mention of the Curtis house location is (p. 23) as follows:

“On the same day, the Tenth Army Corps having taken a position with its right resting on the James River opposite Farrar's Island, a station of observation was established at the Curtis house, near that point, and an officer placed there to watch the rebel signal stations on the north bank of the river and the Drewry's and Ball's Bluffs batteries.”

Plate XCII in the OR Atlas shows a CSA signal station on the S (or W) bank of the river, north of the island. However, I can find no Curtis house in a quick perusal of this and some other [digital] maps. However, the bottom line insofar as this posting string is concerned would seem to be that the compass reference is indeed 20 degrees west of north.

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OR Ref to Curtis House
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