Field telephone, 1898
The Army's Chief Signal Officer during that era, Adolphus Greely, gets credit for pushing the Signal Corps into the modern age. "Thanks to Greely's efforts," writes Raines, "the War with Spain became the first conflict fought by the United States in which electrical communications played a predominant role. For tactical purposes, the Signal Corps established telephone communication within camps and headquarters. For long-distance communication, it installed telegraph lines... Through the connections with the undersea cable, [Maj. Gen. William R.] Shafter could communicate with Washington within twenty minutes even in the midst of battle."
October 4, 2010 11:00 AM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Army
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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