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Civil War Signal Corps Kit
courtesy of the CMH Museums Collection

Civil War Signal Corps Kit

Various elements of a typical Regulation Civil War Signal Corps Kit, from top to bottom: two signal flags, two torches, one a Foot Torch, the other a Flying Torch. The Flying Torch has attachments for use with a long pole and could thus be used by mounted personnel. The artifact on the bottom is an extremely rare, unfired Civil War Army and Navy Signal Rocket. These artifacts are in the collection of the United States Army Historical Collection. Photo by Pablo Jiménez-Reyes.


Also included in the CMH Museums Collection is a memoir written by a Signal Corps soldier during the Civil War. Roderick Gainer and Alison Bukowski working at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Museum Division-Collections Branch, identified and transcribed this document. The memoir, authored by Sgt. James Maitland Stewart, is a very detailed account of his service in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley and Appomattox campaigns during the Civil War. Stewart was from Pennsylvania and served in the Signal Corps. Sgt. Stewart was actor Jimmy Stewart's grandfather. Click on the link below to access the transcribed version of the memoir.

A Memoir of James Maitland Stewart
(as transcribed)


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