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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 08/20/2006 00:16:51 EDT
Subject: Wire Messages Well Beyond Kennesaw Mtn.

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Hi Chip,

This shocking despatch is being provided by an associate at another forum which he obtained from the OR's, and which he also found amazingly asinine. He says:

"Halleck riding Rosecrans about what would seem to be small matters. The guy who is running an army, no less, is called to task for spending money on telegrams. Is there any possibility it was actually extravagant in those days? My emphasis below."

From OR Series 1 - Volume 23, Part II, Page 256
[...]
GENERAL: My attention has frequently been called to the ENORMOUS EXPENSE TO THE GOVERNMENT of your telegrams, as much or perhaps than any other generals in the field. I have avoided writing to you on the subject, lest you might misconceive my motives, but as the habit with you seems to be increasing, and it is really injuring you in the estimation of the Government, I feel it my duty as a personal friend to call your attention to the matter. The truth is, you repeat again and again the same thing by telegraph., AT A VERY GREAT EXPENSE TO THE GOVERNMENT, without the slightest necessity. [...]

Again, you telegraph continually about matters that require no immediate action or reply, and which might be communicated through the mails without any delay or injury to the public service and WITH GREAT SAVING TO THE PUBLIC TREASURY.

Walt

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