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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 10/30/2007 11:07:57 EDT
Subject: US Signal Ops in Middle Tennessee

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I offer the following excerpt by and courtesy of MIKE WEST Managing Editor of the Murfreesboro Post

The signal corps platform shown above was situated on the Rutherford County Courthouse

“Union forces in Middle Tennessee used telegraph, flag and torch signaling to great effect. Murfreesboro’s Courthouse was the hub of the Army of the Cumberland’s communication system. When Gen. William S. Rosecrans reorganized the army he established a signal corps, placing Capt. Jesse Merrill in charge.

Telegraph and signal flags were used to keep the army in close communication as it moved toward Murfreesboro on Dec. 27, 1962.

Once, Murfreesboro was captured, Merrill devised an elaborate system. Signal officers with corresponding troops were sent to Cripple Creek and Readyville, which were eight and 12 miles, respectively, from Murfreesboro.
Between those two outposts, Fort Transit was constructed on the peak of Pilot’s Knob between Kittrell and Readyville. Pilot’s Knob (also called Peak’s Hill) had a commanding view making it possible for signal officers to report instantly to the central station at the Courthouse.

Soon signal posts also connected the Courthouse to Triune, Franklin and Nashville by line of sight.”

Enjoy....
Walt

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