The Telegraph: A History of Morse's Invention and Its Predecessors in the United States

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 192 pages
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Samuel F.B. Morse's invention of the telegraph marked a new era in communication. For the first time, people were able to communicate quickly from great distances. The genesis of Morse's invention is covered in detail, starting in 1832, along with the establishment of the first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States and the dramatic effect the device had on the Civil War. The Morse telegraph that served the world for over 100 years is explained in clear terms. Also examined are recent advances in telegraph technology and its continued impact on communication.
  

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User Review  - jaygheiser - LibraryThing

Mildly interesting book by an amateur historian who apparently had worked as a telegraph agent. Several mentions of civil war spies, and Western Unions's money transfer service. Read full review

Contents

Quick as Lightning
14
Toward the Setting Sun
38
The Military Telegraph
51
How It Worked
66
The Telegraph Companies
86
Learning the Trade
105
Press and Other Services
123
Without Wires
140
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About the author (2003)

A former Morse telegrapher Lewis Coe of Crown Point, Indiana, is also the author of Wireless Radio (1996) and The Telephone and Its Several Inventors (1995).

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