“Thus secured perfect communication”: Lt. Town’s South Carolina signal stations

In an earlier post, I discussed Colonel Edward Serrell’s report concerning the work to establish a chain of signal stations across the South Carolina coast: Serrell’s activities were confined to the construction of the towers and supporting facilities, to include basic defenses.  First Lieutenant Franklin E. Town, from the 42nd New York Volunteers was theContinue reading ““Thus secured perfect communication”: Lt. Town’s South Carolina signal stations”

Booms to protect telegraph wire at Light House Inlet

In the previous post, we looked at the signal network constructed to link Hilton Head to Folly Island, as detailed by Colonel Edward Serrell.  Closing that post, I mentioned the arrangements to run telegraph wire across Light House Inlet, which would provide a wire link right up to Fort Putnam at the north end ofContinue reading “Booms to protect telegraph wire at Light House Inlet”

A series of towers along the coast: Federal communication network in South Carolina

On January 6, 1864, Colonel Edward Serrell, 1st New York Engineers, submitted a report on the construction of signal towers and other structures to support a communications link between Hilton Head and Folly Island, South Carolina: I have the honor to report, for the information of the major-general commanding, that the line of signal towersContinue reading “A series of towers along the coast: Federal communication network in South Carolina”