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Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Military Telegraph Operators at City Point.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06738.06 Author/Creator: Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Place Written: City Point, Va. Type: Photograph Date: 1864 August Pagination: 1 albumen ; 17.9 x 23.6. cm.

Summary of Content: Caption: Photographer. 7 men in two rows, 2 standing and 5 seated, grouped between two pine trees in front of two tents. The man furthest right in the picture sits on an upended suitcase and leans against a fence; the man to his right sits in a rocking chair. The other three men in this row sit on a bench. The men have been identified as: (left to right) Dennis Doren, Superintendent of Construction: A. H. Caldwell, Cipher Clerk at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac; James A. Murray, a wire-tapper of Confederate telegraph lines; J. H. Emerick, who became cipher operator in Richmond in 1865, and Samuel H. Beckwith, the cipher operator who accompanied Lincoln on his journey from City Point to Richmond, April 4 1865. The identity of the remaining two men is unknown. (Source: Photographic History of the Civil War. Vol. 4. Soldier Life and Secret Service. Prisons and Hospitals. Secaucus, N.J.: The Blue & Grey Press, c 1987 p. 361).

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People: Emerick, J. H
Doren, Dennis
Caldwell, A. Harper
Murray, James A
Beckwith, Samuel H., fl. 1864

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesTelegraphCodes and Signals

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