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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 07/17/2009 13:21:26 EDT
Subject: RE: Telegraph insecurity during CW

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Dave, sorry for the delay in responding -- been busy entertaining the annual gathering of the Ryan clan of late. Appreciate your additions to Ray's comments. It is interesting to observe the efforts of both sides to reign in the press from reporting information that could be helpful to the enemy. Just read about Lee's intervention with Davis to lean on the Richmond press not to report detachment of Kershaw's division from Lee's army to reinforce Early in the Valley in 1864 in order to maintain element of surprise.
In addition to what your comments and Ray's, I would add that Lee did not appear to trust Imboden's level of profesionalism as a cavalry brigade commander, and his emphasis about use of the telegraph may have reflected Lee's fear of Imboden's potential for lax security. Lee's directive to Imboden during the Northern invasion of 1863 to destroy Lee's written orders after reading them, seems to follow this same pattern.
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