Learn about “The Union Signal Corps” at September round table

Learn about “The Union Signal Corps” at September round table

On Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present historian Rhea Cole, who will talk on “The Union Signal Corps.”

In the Western Theatre of the Civil War, Union General William S. Rosecrans’ innovative use of signaling across long distances resulted in a huge tactical advantage for Federal forces in Middle Tennessee in 1863. All army command, control, intelligence and logistics were enhanced by the newly organized Signal Corps, which created a radical change in the way the Civil War would be fought from that point forward.

Cole will share years of research in his program on the beginnings of what became the U.S. Signal Corps.

Besides his historical research, Cole holds certifications as a National Park gunner for Civil War artillery and a period blacksmith, store worker and carpenter. In 1996, he was a crewman on the trans-Atlantic voyage of the Tall Ship Rose, a reproduction of a British 28-gun frigate.

Cole has also been a Stones River National Battlefield volunteer for over 20 years.

At 2 p.m. before the presentation, Cole will hold a hands-on session for attendees to experience first-hand the techniques of signaling, using reproduction flags and signaling protocols of the day.

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge and meets each month at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle.

For more information, email gregwade55@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.franklinscharge.com/round-table.

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