- Mar 16, 2016
"Intelligence" is fine for a title, I was just pointing out that in most cases Civil War officers were making decisions based on raw information and not processed intelligence. In some cases this resulted in mistakes.OK.... major bill, I suppose that we could change the title to "Information gathered covertly and used during the Civil War by both Armies...", if that would be more appropriate? It is too late for me to do this as my time to edit it has expired, one of the Moderators or Forum Host`s would have to do it.
Thank you, this is an aspect of the war of which few seem to be aware. I personally find it fascinating. Both armies when capturing someone who was covertly gathering, acquiring or obtaining sensitive operational Information, or gathering Intelligence by todays standard, would consider them as "spies" and order them to be shot or hanged for their crimes. Brig. General Samuel Wragg Ferguson, under whom the 2nd Regiment Alabama Cavalry served in his Cavalry Brigade, wrote in his journal about such a case and the outcome.@2nd Alabama Cavalry
Sir, perhaps this thread would be of interest to you - https://civilwartalk.com/threads/military-intelligence-1861-63-part-i.153410/#post-2012960
major bill, I just came across this in the "OR" regarding the use of the word "intelligence" during the Civil War. I actually just stumbled upon it while looking for something else and remembered what you wrote here a few weeks back. I have not found any other accounts where the word itself was used but it was used, even if sparingly during the Civil War. As you pointed out the term "information" was almost always used in most reports and communications.Did they use the term "intelligence" during the Civil War? From a modern view the term "intelligence" would not normally apply to the Civil War. What was done during the Civil War was gathering information. Note in post #1 the use of the term "information".
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