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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 08/27/2008 11:36:44 EDT
Subject: RE: CS Mil Telegraph and Gettysburg

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Here's a third piece of the puzzle, that post-dates item 1 in my original post and shows that Gen. Lee (Army of Northern Virginia) apparently was sent the requisitioned "telegraph sulky": President Jefferson Davis to Gen R.E. Lee, telegram dated 7 May 1863: "Have directed telegraph gigs with insulated wire to be sent to you." ("Papers of Jefferson Davis," Vol. 9, p. 171. ("Gig" being, akin to sulky, "a light, two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.")

Thus, during the Apr-Jun 63 period in which Gen Lee was reorganizing his army (post-Jackson) and planning for a Spring Campaign, which was to entail a move into the North, aiming at Pennsylvania, the (CS) Signal Bureau in Richmond was requisitioning a one-of-a-kind mobile field telegraph wire carier to carry "insulated" wire (27 Apr 63), and said carrier was ordered be sent to Gen. Lee per telegram of 7 May 63. ("Insulated" implying flexible field-use wire, vice the standard, bare, iron commercial-use telegraph wire.)

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