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Posted By: Lou Filanosky on: 07/15/2013 21:48:06 EDT
Subject: RE: Q & A Thread to Ponder

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Q. I have long heard that the Chief Signal Officer served upon the General Staff. In Col. Scott's 1861 Military Dictionary, the staff of the army is described as existing under "three heads:"

1. General Staff,
2. Staff Corps or Staff Departments,
and 3. Regimental Staff.

His description of the General Staff sounds as though its members could and did regulate the activities of soldiers in the field. In Scott's words..."The functions of these officers consist not merely in distributing the orders of commanding generals, but also in regulating camps, directing the march of columns, and furnishing to the commanding general all necessary details for the exercise of his authority." At times, were these characteristic of the CSO's duties?

Also, he describes the Staff Corps as, "...special corps or departments, whose duties are confined to distinct branches of the service. The engineer corps and topographical engineers are such staff corps. The ordnance, quartermasters', subsistence, medical and pay departments are such staff departments." Would the signal detachment itself fall under the Staff Corps?

Reference: Military Dictionary, by Col. H.L. Scott, D. Van Norstrand, 1861

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