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|I would have thought semaphor would have been faster than the telegraph on the battlefield. I mean I know the telegraph is technically going to be a lot faster as it sends the message electrically. But you've got to run the lines and set up the telegraph stations. If you've got the time to do that then there shouldn't be much problem. Yet in the heat of battle just seems it's faster for a small group of men with signal flags to run out to a location where they can be viewed and begin sending messages back to their lines. Same goes for mirrors.
Of course for artillery spotting both would have had their advantages and disadvantages.