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1861-65 - first major war in which the electric telegraph played an important part

UNITED STATES MILITARY TELEGRAPH STATION IN VIRGINIA

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Telegraph

1880's

The first major war in which the electric telegraph played an important part was that of 1861-65, between North and South.

Operator at night work, receiving dispatches, while a mounted orderly awaiting in order to convey them to the division generals - made in Virginia during the Civil War.

[handwritten on back of photograph]


Original Caption by Science Service
L.C. Handy Studios, Washington, D.C.



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