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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 4 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 1 1 Browse Search
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n the day was lost, and Hood with his Texans pressed towards that important point, the signal officers folded their flags, and prepared to visit other and less dangerous scenes. At that moment, however, General Warren of the Fifth Corps appeared, and ordered them to keep their signals waving as if a host were immediately behind them, which they did. General E. P. Alexander, the officer referred to as having organized the Rebel Signal Corps, in an article in the Century Magazine for January, 1887, describing Pickett's charge, says that he was particularly cautioned, in moving the artillery, to keep it out of sight of the signal-station upon Round Top. In a foot-note referring to this caution he says:-- This suggests the remark that I have never understood why the enemy abandoned the use of military balloons early in 1863, after having used them extensively up to that time. Even if the observer never saw anything, they would have been worth all they cost, for the annoyance a