Albert James Myer inherited a fortune from his family, but his own ambition led him to become a surgeon and inventor. Myer developed “wig-wag signaling,” also known as “aerial telegraph,” and he became the father of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. His signaling device differed from semaphore signaling, which uses two flags. Albert Myer used a single flag, which was akin to Morse Code. In 1859 he appeared before the U.S. Army board who authorized testing, a board chaired by Robert E. Lee. In 1860 he formed the Signal Corps. Ironically “wig-wag” was first used at Bull Run by the Confederate Captain Edward Porter, who had trained under Myer. Albert Myer’s knowledge of meteorological observations led him to create the forerunner of the U.S. Weather Bureau.
This Albert Myer mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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