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David, T. B. A. (fl. 1862-1863) to Eliakim P. Scammon

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02414.189 Author/Creator: David, T. B. A. (fl. 1862-1863) Place Written: Clarksburg, West Virginia Type: Manuscript telegram Date: 25 November 1862 Pagination: 1 p. ; 21.5 x 14.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Handwritten telegram to Brigadier General Scammon from David, the Assistant Superintendent of Military Telegraphs. Advises that the telegraph line to Fayette, West Virginia is completed. States that Major General Jacob Dolson Cox wants the line extended to Raleigh, West Virginia and asks when Scammon will be advancing there so he can start planning the extension. Written on stationary of the U.S. Military Telegraph.

Background Information:

People: David, T. B. A., fl. 1862-1863
Scammon, Eliakim Parker, 1816-1894
Cox, Jacob Dolson, 1828-1900

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion GeneralTelegraph

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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