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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 11/07/2015 21:23:49 EDT
Subject: Civil War telegraph

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In reading Plum's book on Civil War Military Telegraph, Vol. II, he states on page 16 that in June 1863, as the Union and Confederate armies were marching northward toward Pennsylvania, a telegraph line was constructed from Poolesville, MD across the Potomac to Leesburg, VA. Can anyone describe how a telegraph line at that time was constructed across a river? Was it over or under the water?

Also, when General Tyler moved the Union forces from Harper's Ferry across the Potomac to Maryland Heights on June 17, 1863, was a telegraph capability established on Maryland Heights connecting with Poolesville or any other nearby location? MH did have a signal station for comms purposes at that time, but not sure whether they had telegraph as well.

Appreciate any help you can provide. Regards, Tom Ryan

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