The Civil War in Missouri

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“United States Military Telegraph, Department of the Missouri Instructions to Operators and Repairers”

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Advances in communication, like the telegraph, changed the nature of warfare, and this change played out in the Civil War. In Missouri, telegraph lines became popular targets for Confederate guerrillas determined to deter the Federal cause in any way they could. This document assures operators and repairers working on downed lines that commanding officers would provide military escorts when necessary and instructs workers what to do in the instance that “any considerable amount of property is lost or destroyed.”