Lincoln in the Telegraph Office: Recollections of the United States Military Telegraph Corps During the Civil War

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U of Nebraska Press, 1995 - 432 ページ
As the Civil War raged, President Abraham Lincoln spent many hours in the War Department's telegraph office, where he received all his telegrams. Morning, noon, and night Lincoln would visit the small office to receive the latest news from the armies at the front. The place was a refuge for the president, who waited for incoming dispatches and talked while they were being deciphered. David Homer Bates, one of the first military telegraphers, recollects those presidential visits during times of crisis. Lincoln in the Telegraph Office, originally published in 1907, shows history in the making and personalities at their most unguarded: Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Andrew Carnegie, General George McClellan, and many others. The reader is with Lincoln at the scene of dramatic tidings: of the Northern disasters at Bull Run, of Meade's victory at Gettysburg, of Grant's capture of Richmond. Lincoln wrote the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation at the telegraph office, and from there the news of his assassination was relayed. Wartime human-interest anecdotes, the wonder of the new technology, the unraveling of ciphers and codes, conspiracies and rumors, a heightened sense of onrushing events, the tragedy of Good Friday 1865-all are conveyed in this classic of Lincolniana. Introducing Lincoln in the Telegraph Office is James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His works include Turning Points of the Civil War, also available as a Bison Book.
 

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Introduction
3
n Organization of the Military Telegraph
14
in The War Department Telegraph Office 88
49
Confederate Ciphercodes and Inter
68
In the First Months of the War
86
vn McClellans Disagreements with
101
Lincoln in Touch with Army Movements
113
Eckert Chief of the War Department
124
xvn Grants Wilderness Campaign
244
xvm Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens
250
Polls
267
Conspirators in Canada
287
xxn The Attempt to Burn New York
299
xxih Grants Orders for the Removal
310
The Abortive Peace Conference
322
Lincolns Last Days
343

The First Draft of the Emancipation
138
xn Lincolns Tender Treatment of Rose
158
A Remarkable Feat in Railroad Trans
172
xrv Lincoln in Everyday Humor
183
Lincolns Love foe His Children
208
The Assassination
364
xxvh Payne the Assassin
377
xxvm Lincolns Manner Contrasted with Stan
389
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Introducing Lincoln in the Telegraph Office is James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln. His works include Turning Points of the Civil War, also available as a Bison Book.

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