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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 02/06/2004 16:27:38 EDT
Subject: RE: jh emerick telegrapher cobb s hill

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J.H. Emerick was a member of the United States Military Telegraph (USMT) during the war. These men (and teen-agers) were, for the most part, not in mil service, but were subj to the control and discipline of the Secretary of War through a chain of command, the seniors of which were commissioned in the Quartermaster Corps. Emerick served for much of the war with the Army of the Potomac, on the Peninsula, around Fredericksburg, west of Washington, McClellan's HQ,Chancellorsville, with cavalry gen Pleasonton, at Meade's HQ, Grant's HQ, with Gen Ord in the Army of the James (which found him at Cobb's Hill) and as chief operator. He was one of the early USMT members to enter Richmond in Apr 1865 and became the operator there. There are about 22 refs to him in the two-vol history of the USMT by William Plum. I believe he was still living when Plum published his work in 1882.
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