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I spy with my little eye… these US Signal Service field glasses.

During the Civil War both the Union and Confederate armies had Signal Service Corps charged with observing battlefields and camps, gathering intel, and sending messages. These glasses would have assisted soldiers stationed on hills or tall towers in their observations of not only troop movements and numbers, but also in receiving messages through the use of signal flags. The field glasses as well as other Civil War artifacts are currently on display in the International Spy Museum’s exhibit From Ballroom to Battlefield: A Spy’s Eye View of the Civil War.

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