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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 06/08/2010 08:52:43 EDT
Subject: The Beardslee Machine

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I gather that the rap on the Beardslee was that it often was out of sync, and messages were transmitted too slowly even when it was operating normally. Brown gives the impression in his book that the Beardslee worked pretty well at Fredericksburg, but had all kinds of problems at Chancellorsville. Was the Beardslee Machine given an adequate time to prove itself while the field telegraph was still under control of the Signal Corps, and before it was scrapped by the USMT after they assumed control of th field telegraph in late 1863? According to Plum's book (p. 103, Vol. II), the USMT never used the Beardslee once it was given responsibility for the field telegraph.
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