The Eyes And Ears of The Civil War

Title:                      The Eyes And Ears of The Civil War

Author:                  G. Allen Foster

Foster, G. Allen (1963). The Eyes And Ears of The Civil War. New York: Criterion Books

LCCN:    63019084

E608 .F6


Date Posted:      October 27, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

The book is listed in Blackstock, without comment.


Military intelligence for both North and South during the Civil War was collected from search towers, balloons, horseback couriers and cameras. It was transmitted by signal flags, flashes, telegraphy and sensitive plates. Both armies concentrated on snarling, foiling and shooting out installations. By emphasizing these early steps in signals and communications, as well as including the better-known ladies and gentlemen who penetrated the enemy lines to spy, the author has produced a fascinating record that is both war history and technological history. Facts and anecdotes gathered from the widely scattered sources and personal stories of the period are well organized into the kind of book which proves again that truth is stranger than fiction.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 163

[2] Kirkus Review, downloaded October 27, 2016

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