[J. Willard Brown, Signal Corps, U-S The War of the Rebellion, New York, Arno Press, 1974, pp. 55-56.]

Lieutenant Cushing describes life at the camp:

Reminiscences of Lieut. Samuel T. Cushing, Assistant Signal Officer in Charge, Signal Camp of Instruction

Early in September the business of instruction commenced. The different Pennsylvania Reserve officers were made instructors, and wand practice was begun. This was followed by flag practice at short distances. Then horses were obtained and the distances were increased. Day and night practice went on; the countersign signals were adopted.

It was a pleasant camp; each officer was interested in the duties, and there were no petty jealousies or bad feeling. It began to look like business when the details commenced; first, for the Port Royal Expedition, then the detail for Gen. Buell, and then the Burnside Expedition.

The camp continued until March, 1862, when the Army of the Potomac took the field. The officers and men at that time in camp were then divided as equally as could be into parties, and each reported to the Corps commanders, while a reserve was held at the headquarters under the direct command of Maj. Myer.

The establishment and management of the camp had been attended with great deal of difficulty. Constant demands were made by all other branches of service for camp equipage, horses, saddles, and arms, and it was with the utmost difficulty that I could obtain for the little camp the articles required. The Corps had done nothing and was looked upon as a chimeras no one believing in it, and it was only by the most obstinate persistency that I could get my requisitions approved and afterward filled.

The members were collected from all points of the compass, - from Michigan and Maine, California and New Hampshire. Each private came armed with a descriptive list upon which to draw his pay and clothing. I do not think that more than three were made out correctly. Correspondence with each company commander corrected this and the men were finally paid. Those who were present at the camp will recollect the varied uniforms Zouave and others, worn by the various members ...

[Samuel T. Cushing, as quoted in J. Willard Brown, Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War of the Rebellion, New York, Arno Press, 1974, pp. 58-59.]

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