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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 06/22/2009 15:40:58 EDT
Subject: Telegraph insecurity during CW

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Came across a message from R.E. Lee to John Imboden who commanded a brigade in Western Virginia in March 1863 that discussed operations in that area. Lee instructed Imboden "You must send no dispatches by telegraph relative to your movements, or they will become known."
Not being all that familiar with the telegraph system in the South at that time, I assume Lee's caution was because telegraph operators could very well be Unionists who might pass military information to the Union army.
Can anyone confirm or expand on why Lee would have been concerned about insecure telegraph comms?
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