Raynors HCA 2020-02
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A truly rare war-date Confederate Telegraph superintendent's, 3pp. 4to., letter written in ink, by Supt. J. B. Tree, Petersburg, [Va.], Sept. 16, 64 to his employer William S. Morris concerning keeping the telegraph lines open at the Confederate headquarters in Petersburg, reading, in part: "The enemy succeeded in driving in our skirmish lines yesterday…about three miles from the city…they were soon driven back however and our lines re-established. Bird…stopped his trains but they are now again operating. The train upon which the Insulators were loaded is due here at 12 m. the wire nails etc [are] already here. Maj. [Thomas P.] Branch furnishes me two wagons tomorrow…in consequence of the enemy's demonstrations…[Wade] Hampton is now executing in the enemy's rear. Col. [Walter H.] Taylor deems it inexpedient and unsafe to go out for a day or two. I go over again to see him in the morning. In the meantime I am overhauling the wires near this office and removing some 4 or 5 poles against which every passing wagons strikes twisting and entangling the wires. The work of changing these wires is important in view of the incessant and daily trouble at the office and Mr. Alley is directed to do the work thoroughly. Tomorrow I shall start the hands on the proposed line to Stoney Creek. I can have much done in that direction in the way…". A rare opportunity to acquire a CSA document from their telegraph service.
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A Rare Confederate Telegraph Service Letter On Rebuilding The Wires At Petersburg

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