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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 01/21/2010 09:19:22 EDT
Subject: RE: Trans-Miss. Confederate telegraph

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Walt - This made a good, quick chance to check the refs I gave you: Arkansas isn't even indexed in Thompson, nor mentioned by Andrews. I was curious about the msg routing, given the Southern's east coast layout. This must have touched on its competitor's lines, those of Southwestern (ultimately Western Union, as opposed to AT&T). At this early stage of the war, commanders (such as Bragg) were ignoring Dr. Morris and PMG Reagan's authorities and authorizing local construction of mil lines or accommodations with commercial tel companies who were rivals of American/Southern (and who, quite properly, I suppose, suspected Dr. Morris of conflict of interest and hidden agenda in exercising his govt authorities).

I haven't checked, but presume the "Camden" was, correctly, Arkansas, not S.C., which would have been an office for Southern. The Memphis to Little Rock tie implies SW Tel Co, which I've barely scratched. I have NOT been able to find a tel map for the war period per se, nor detailed info on shared facilities (or CS Mil Tel lines). You're getting into unplowed ground -- wanta become the landline specialist? I'll buy the book!

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