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Posted By: Bill Hock on: 10/10/2011 22:11:46 EDT
Subject: RE: Wilson's Creek & early use of telegraph

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Thank you Dave & Mark for your reply,
Dave the info on using commercial stations reinforces the possibility that local operators were used and I agree were likely sometimes coerced to handle military transmissions as priority.
Mark much of your reference I also found and your noting that most tactical com. was handled directly through messengers or direct communications is echoed in many of the first-hand accounts written by participants in a book I found online. (chrisanddavid.com/wilsonscreek)
I have an event this weekend but I'll work on this after.
I am going to check & see if I can find some reference to this in rail-road or commercial accounts.
Another thing I want to research regarding this is that it seems there were qualified operators in the Armies, &
If they had an apparatus seems they'd make use of them by tapping in to any lines they were near even at the beginning of the War.
Regards,
Bill Hock
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