The time for battle is approaching. Timing is crucial; if ground is to be gained, strategy must be able to quickly change where necessary. Communication is critical. As the commander looks to the sky, he sees rain is coming – success now looks doubtful as his message may not get through.
The year is 1864 and this scene takes place during the US Civil War. While the telegraph has been invented, there are no wires at this battlefield. Instead, our commander is hoping to utilize signaling – a recently devised system of army communications involving flags and torches. But signaling relies on visual contact, rain and fog will obscure the commander’s line of sight, as would smoke from the battlefield. At best, only parts of his message will get through. [Read more…]