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Pingenot Auction, Lot 230

230. MYER, Albert J. A Manual of Signals for the Use of Signal Officers in the Field, and for Military and Naval Students, Military Schools, Etc. A New Edition, Enlarged and Illustrated.... New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1866. xiv, 398 pp., engraved frontispiece, plates, text illustrations. 12mo, original gilt pictorial red roan. Fragile binding rubbed and worn at extremities and edges. Author’s signed presentation inscription to governor M. Morrill.
         Second edition, revised and enlarged (first edition, Washington, 1864, 148 pp.). The author, born in New York, 1829, received his M.D. from Buffalo Medical College, 1851, and was commissioned an Army Surgeon. He was sent to Texas in 1854 where he served at various frontier posts [Fort Duncan, Fort Davis]. Myer was an enthusiastic experimenter in signal devices and was appointed to organize and command the U.S. Army Signal Corps, June 1861, with the rank of Colonel, Chief Signal Officer. Friction with the War Department caused his relief in November, 1863, but an act of Congress of July, 1866, reorganized the Signal Corps and restored Myer to his post and rank which he held until his death. Myer was also responsible for the establishment of the U.S. Weather Bureau under direction of the Signal Corps, February, 1870. Two months before his death in 1880, he was promoted to brigadier general. "[Myer’s signal] system, first used operationally in the Navajo expedition, 1860-61, employed a single flag for daytime and a kerosene torch for night signaling. This system is known as wigwag signaling"—The Handbook of Texas Online (Albert Myer).