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otion and energy.
Actual experience alone, however, must prove their credibility.
From the first of April to the last of September, continues Colonel Norris on another head, we placed files of Baltimore papers, published one morning, in the hands of the President next evening.
New York papers, of course, a day later.
Colonel Norris gives the history of the secret service branch of the Signal Corps in the following words: In the fall of 1862 the necessity of having points on the Potomac river, at which Government agents and army scouts might promptly and without delay cross to and from the United States, was so seriously appreciated that the Secretary of War suggested the propriety of establishing one or more camps in King George and Westmoreland counties, with an especial eye to such transportation.
The idea was immediately acted upon.
In a short time the additional duties were assigned to these stations—first, of observing and reporting all movements of troops, etc., on t
hatever—not even that of the parapet behind which the gunners squatted when not firing—for their position was in rear of the guns, where fell, as Captain Rucker says, many shot and shell.
Upon the capture of New Madrid and Island No.10 by Admiral Foote and General Pope, the signal party escaped across Reelfoot lake, taking French leave of the commanding generals and paddling across on a raft of their own construction They repaired at once, of their own motion and without orders, to Corinth, Mississippi, then headquarters of the army, and reported for duty.
The signal officer is merely mentioned by General Beauregard in his report of the fight at Shiloh Chapel (or Pittsburg landing) as doing active staff duty.
After the battle, seventeen men were detailed to be instructed for duty in the Signal Corps; but as glasses were scarce, and all the country between Corinth and the Tennessee river was heavily wooded, the men were mounted and served chiefly as scouts and couriers while their