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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 05/09/2010 07:52:37 EDT
Subject: RE: Signal Corp desigated unit

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The "regular," legally authorized,Signal Corps, PACS, did not have numbered units, but were identified by the officer-in-charge (e.g., Manning's Signal Corps) or the general officer served (e.g., Longstreet's Signal Corps).

There was a two-company outfit called (appropriately) the Independent Signal Corps originally established in the Norfolk-Portsmouth area of Virginia as a one-company unit for signaling in connection with harbor and riverine defenses and later moved to Petersburg, where it expanded to two companies, numbered (not lettered) Co. 1 and Co. 2.

Note the inclusion of the "s" on corps, which (along with the "p") is silent in pronunciation. ("Corp" suggests abbreviation for corporation.) Unfortunately, we don't have a plural for the word corps, so one can be talking about "the" corps or smaller units, also called corps in the plural (when we really meaning "corps-ses" -- "corsies"), so the context must be clear or you have to re-formulate the sentence.

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