Civil war facts trivia

H The telegraph was an important tool for communication on the battlefield, but it was also an important tool for spies: both sides intercepted telegraphed messages in attempts to learn each others' battle plans.

Field telegraph station in Virginia.

H More than 15,000 miles of telegraph lines were strung for use by both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

H The Telegraph Service wasn't part of either the Union or Confederate army, and the telegraph operators were actually civilians workingfor the Quartermasters Department. More than 300 telegraph operators died during the Civil War, and their families received no pension or other support from the government.

H President Lincoln did not have immediate access to telegraph wires, as they didn't go directly to the White House. He had to cross the street to a telegraph office to check messages.

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