This is a bundle of 2, highly animated, power point presentations on the American Civil War - Intelligence Gathering. Both presentations together number 47 slides. A few introductory slides are duplicate since the subject matter is so close. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
At the outset of the Civil War, neither the Union nor the Confederacy had a centralized military intelligence department — and yet the need for information on enemy troop movements, political developments and even simple things like geography was immediate. The outbreak of war led to an explosion in intelligence-gathering activity and innovation on both sides.
Codes and code-breaking were all the rage. Spies on both sides wiretapped telegraph lines and flew hot-air balloons linked to cables for real-time aerial reconnaissance. The South proved adept at building an intelligence network, using a system of couriers to get intelligence to Richmond and then share it with generals in the field. Union generals, in contrast, each had to build his own intelligence capability, a task that understandably was not always their number-one priority.
The Confederacy had several advantages prior to the outbreak of the fighting. Even before the South seceded, secessionists had established spy rings in WDC, a hotbed of southern sympathizers. This gave them access to vital information at some of the highest levels of government. The South also benefitted from the stream of critical intelligence that came its way from the many former Union officers who swore their allegiance to the South after secession. The Union faced an enemy with a loosely assembled government still in its infancy, whereas the Confederacy opposed an established and well-known target.
The Union had nothing in place by way of a secret service when the Civil War began. The closest organization they had at their disposal was the Allan Pinkerton Detective Agency in Chicago. Pinkerton had collected intelligence for General George B. McClellan during the first months of the Civil War, while McClellan led the Department of OH.
When President Lincoln summoned McClellan to WDC late that summer, the general put the detective in charge for intelligence for his Army of the Potomac, and Pinkerton set up the first Union espionage operation in mid-1861.
Power point presentation #1, American Civil War - Confederate Signal Bureau contains 22 slides and covers the following:
Confederate Signal Corps
Creating the Network
Notable CSA Domestic Spies
Notable CSA Foreign Spies
The Torpedo Bureau
Submarine Battery Service
Bureau of Special & Secret Service
Secret Service Operations in Canada
The Bounty Law (2)
Privateers & Investors
The Coal Torpedo
End of Presentation
Power point presentation #2, American Civil War - Union Secret Service contains 25 slides and covers the following:
Counterintelligence Network Created
Early Attempts at Espionage
Traditional Methods (2)
Code name E. J. Allen
U. S. Secret Service?
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....American Civil War.