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Re: [WarOf1812] Army time, navy time, regimental time, British time, American time, etc.

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  • dancingbobd@webtv.net
    Hi Jim, Prior to the 1880 s in the US each town had it s own time, based on the sun being directly overhead at noon. The Royal Engineers could undoubtedly
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 27, 2003
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      Hi Jim,

      Prior to the 1880's in the US each town had it's own time, based on the
      sun being directly overhead at noon. The Royal Engineers could
      undoubtedly have done the necessary sighting with a sextant to establish
      the local time. I can't comment on the passing of time from the
      Commander down to the rest of the army. However, the Navy ships
      chronometer could be brought on land and provide accurate time to the
      army. American explorers took chronometers with them beginning with
      Lewis and Clark. Many of the US Army Tomographic Engineer explorations
      took two chronometers with them. They were contemporaneous with the
      Crimean war.

      Regards,

      Bob Dorian
      US Engineer 1812-1855
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