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1890Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Hagerstown Fence

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  • Stephen Recker
    Apr 7, 2005
      This is really interesting. Thanks.

      Stephen

      On Thursday, April 7, 2005, at 04:58 PM, dickeyr46 wrote:

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      > I'm new to the group, but have been watching and reading for some
      > time. Please excuse my lengthy post, but your comment about telegraph
      > lines peaked my interest enough to join.
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      > Several of Gardner's photos show telegraph poles, but none along
      > Hagerstown Pike, which I believe was the focal point of the original
      > comment. The wire is even visible in a few of the photos.
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      > Several photos taken at the Middle Bridge show 3 telegraph poles. The
      > wire is visible in at least two. Catalog #583 is probably the best...
      > You can clearly see a pole at both banks of the creek at the south
      > side bridge wings. A third pole is visible in front of the Newcomer
      > house, this one on the north side of the road. I used high resolution
      > copies of the photo from the Library of Congress website. With a
      > little magnification, you can see the insulators on the poles and the
      > glint of sunlight from the wire that traces it from pole to pole. #610
      > is almost as good. Again you can see the three poles and the wire
      > emerging from behind the house roof in the right foreground to the
      > eastern most pole.
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      > While Gardner's #582 focuses on the Newcomer mill, the house appears
      > in the left background with the pole clearly visible to its front.
      > #607 also shows the poles. The series of four Gardner took from the
      > west bank (# 572, 578, etc.) show the pole on the east bank above the
      > abutment.
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      > Two of Gardner's photos taken in town show poles and wire. The photo
      > of the Lutheran Church, #596, shows the pole about midway between the
      > church and the first house to the right. It is on the bank of the
      > road, next to the picket fence. With some magnification, the wire is
      > visible on both sides of the pole.
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      > The pole is not as easily picked out in #595 looking west down Main
      > Street, but it is there on the south side of the street. The right
      > side of this stereo is sharper. What had always seemed a hairline
      > crack or flaw in the plate is the wire… funny how that "flaw" seemed
      > to be on both halves of the stereo. Gardner must have been just a
      > little left of dead center under the wire when he took this one.
      > Looking just a little left of center at the top of the photo, a thin
      > black line moves down and to the left and ends at the pole. That's our
      > wire.
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      > When was the telegraph put in? I don't know. Since all of the Middle
      > Bridge photos were made on Sept 22 and the 2 town photos were made on
      > Sept 21 or 22, McClellan had already moved his HQ from the Pry house
      > to west of town. Perhaps the telegraph was put in to support the new
      > location. Or, perhaps the telegraph had run from
      > Boonsboro-Keedysville-Sharpsburg all along.
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      > --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@v...>
      > wrote:
      >> Tom,
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      >> Actually, I was no doubt thinking of the photos I have seen from later
      >> in that century. I know of no accounts of telegraph lines being there
      >> at the time of the battle.
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