Signal Officers
Signal Officers 1865

In 1861 there was only one signal officer, Major Albert J. Myer, who is dressed in civilian clothing and standing next to the flag pole in this photograph. He was a Army surgeon, who became interested in military communications. The Signal Corps was established as a provisional branch only and its personnel were detailed from line units on detached service. By the end of the Civil War the Signal Corps had grown to 168 officers and 1350 enlisted men. Colonel Myer and his successor both ran afoul of Secretary Stanton and were replaced.

(courtesy: Library of Congress LC-B8171-7729)
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