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Photo Essay: The Civil War: Between the Battles

Telegraph  Line

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Photo: Bettmann Corbis

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Telegraph Line

Perfected in the 1840s, the telegraph was a major accelerating factor in the practice of war, eliminating old limitations of distance and allowing participants to communicate in real time. Here workers string together a telegraph line for the Union's Army of the Potomac in 1864.

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