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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 09/17/2011 09:42:29 EDT|
Subject: Confederate Military Telegraph
Have you, or perhaps some of the members belonging to the Florida Morse Telegraph Club, ever had the occasion to catch up with an operator by the name of Dick Metzger at any of your outings?
Dick received his first functional (non-demo) message at an event he and I attended at Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia during the 125th.
The fort's commandant, at the time, wired another echelon near Metzger's office removed from the bastion to have troops there readied for an inspection. The fact that Dick's instruments had become tools for helping the re-enactment operate became a special experience for him.
Herr Metzger and I later went on to serve with others at a few more events. A mile of wire at the Battles for Atlanta in 1989 was payed out. That's how far apart the two camps were from one another.
The telegraph served quite a functional role at this event too in many ways, not to mention saving the general staff officers considerable amounts of shoe leather.