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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 10/27/2007 06:47:22 EDT
Subject: RE: More on Gettysburg telegraph

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Tom, 'Coupla thoughts: Keys and similar pieces were in such short supply in the South that I'd think the twin objects of getting to the tel office/tel op were to stop communication and to "liberate" the equipment. I'm not stopping at the moment to relate Early's visit to Stuart's, nor do I know if Early had a tel op with him as cavalry generals (including Stuart) usually did (there were 10 or 11 tel ops surrendered with ANV at Appomattox, several specified as to corps assignment). The escapades of Morgan's Elsworth are well established. The mobile tel op carried a pocket instrument and could (and did) re-attach to abandoned wires in an occupied office, otherwise they tapped enemy lines for plans and activities pertinent to their mission. Both sides did this.
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