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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 10/26/2007 09:54:07 EDT
Subject: More on Gettysburg telegraph

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A follow-up to the discussion about telegraph availability during the Gettysburg fracus, a human interest story relates to Daniel Trone, the town telegraph operator at Hanover, PA (some 14 miles east of Gettysburg). When Jubal Early's division made its pass through Gettysburg around June 26, Early sent Lige White's 35th VA Cav Bn to Hanover Junction to rip up the RR tracks, etc. White's troopers stopped in Hanover on the way to Hanover Junction, and one of the first things they wanted to do was capture the town telegraph operator and get hold of his key to prevent a warning being sent.
However Daniel Trone was warned by a citizen that the Rebs were coming, so, as the story goes, he left a broken key in plain site but hid his good key and hightailed it out of town to prevent being taken by White's men. Trone went to Baltimore, but returned to Hanover sometime later, and was there when the lines were repaired (with his help), and he evidently was the operator who sent out Meade's messages beginning at on July 3 if not earlier. NY Tribune reporter Homer Byington credits Trone as the man who sent his dispatches to his newspaper. Byington had to be patient, since Trone sent all military traffic first before he would send the news items.

Tom Ryan

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