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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 06/19/2009 08:57:48 EDT
Subject: Re-enact'g Intelligence Chiefs & Their Supports

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I was reading "Grant's Intelligence Chiefs" here at the Association's web offering and realized what a great set of opening lines the below could offer to the emulators of history, viz:

"The American Civil War was a turning point in the history of warfare as it was an impetus to the art of intelligence. Both sides found themselves reaping the whirlwind of the industrial age. Troops and their logistical trappings could be sped to the battlefield aboard trains, adding the element of surprise to maneuver. Communications, which had formerly been conducted at the gallop, could now be telegraphed in minutes, and intercepted just as quickly."

... if it were slightly modified to say:

The study and practical application of studied American Civil War communication techniques can yet be a turning point in the history of re-enacting and employed as an impetus to the art of closer emulation of history.

Both sides might find themselves reaping the whirlwind of this little recognized nor understood tool if it were kept constantly at their fingertips. Troops and their logistical trappings could be sped across the scaled down battlefields, adding the element of surprise to maneuver.

Communications, which had formerly been conducted at the gallop (or foot messenger) and now using cell phones, could be telegraphed in minutes - or less, and intercepted just as quickly so that the event scenario may faithfully be adhered to. 3.3.

To some this may be... "There goes Walt AGAIN!" But please consider (as an indicator) whether your signal detachment - or party in most cases, has/is your own Intelligence Chieftain published as serving with an organization's senior staff. And if the answer is "not exactly", collectively, we can assist one another in turning the tide for our future as well as those we nominally choose to serve. 3.3.3.

Walt

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Grant's Intelligence Chiefs
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