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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 05/11/2010 07:55:25 EDT
Subject: RE: Signal Corps as C3 or C3I

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Early ("Last Year of the War") described Wilbourn as his "picket" honcho (I suppose both figuratively and literally, given Early's small force in the Valley), but I draw back from the idea of "sending signal personnel out on patrol," risking specially trained technicians "cleared for secret" in such a way. Milligan, on the other hand, prided his "direct support" men and often added "...and Scouts" to the official title of his ISC (which, as you know, differed in several respects from the "regular" SigC PACS). And Longstreet's example at G'bg might also be argued as reluctance on his part to engage as ordered by Lee, rather than example of control. If you ever should have access to a copy of James Street's little "The Civil War, As Told By" you might check out his gradations of Civil War arguments (among friends, "friends," and drinking buddies): This begins to descend to the cheap beer level. Best to stay at the Martini (or Single Malt Scotch?) level with firm commitment to (wireless) tactical comms and intel as hallmarks of the first generation SigC.
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