Confederate Telegraphy Equipment

Confederate Telegraph

Attiloct courtesy ut The Museum ot the Cootedeiacy. Richmond, Ml

At the outbreak of war, the Confederates became the first into the field with their own corps of signalers. They also became adept practitioners of telegraphy. Indeed, so handy did some Rebs become with the telegraph key that they were perhaps the first in peace or war to "wire tap." Some former railroad telegraphers riding with Rebel partisans learned how to throw a wire across telegraph transmission lines, cut one, and tap into the break with a portable key. The consequence was a breach of Federal security, and a couple of waggish Rebel soldiers sending false messages of their own just to confuse the enemy. The creation of secret communications ciphers were among the most esoteric enterprises of the war. Complex keys and ciphers were in use in both armies, leading to equally innovative efforts at cipher breaking Communications were vital in this continental war.

Attiloct courtesy ut The Museum ot the Cootedeiacy. Richmond, Ml

Telegraph Decoding Activities
Northern Virginia 2 and 3 Brass encoding and decoding

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4 Rubber insulated telegraph wire

5 Pocket telegraph relay

Confederate Telegraphy

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