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  • Tim Reese
    Very astute. ORs are universally reliable. The midnight telegram is an extremely rare deviation, but only in transcription or rather in its reading.
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      Very astute. ORs are universally reliable. The midnight telegram is an extremely rare deviation, but only in transcription or rather in its reading. Technically speaking, LTC Scott made no faux pas with his "M". Meridian remains a town in Mississippi.

      Tim
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      Actually the documents in the OR are generally pretty reliable (I'm told)
      but the after action reports are more fiction than my book! To paraphrase
      GMc himself, "I would rather fight a hundred battles than write the report
      of one."
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      > From: Brian Downey
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      > Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 10:55 PM
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      > Hi Ollie,
      >
      > Yes, "12M" is how it was transcribed in the OR, as per the footnote in
      > the article referred to. We'd all agree that means noon. But that's
      > not what the telegram actually says.
      >
      > I have a digital copy of the telegram (original at the L of C) form as
      > it was received at the War Department, too, in case the link to the
      > Library of Congress doesn't work for you:
      > http://aotw.org/images/mc_lincoln_telegram.jpg
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      > It's pretty clearly "Midnight".
      >
      > It also helps explain why the telegram wasn't officially received at
      > the War Department til 2:35am.
      >
      > Tim, by the way, is the first person I've heard of who's noticed this.
      > Apparently no one else has bothered to look at the telegram in recent
      > years, I don't know why. Perhaps it was easier to take the OR at face
      > value. Heck, we all do that.
      >
      > The article he cited does a pretty fair job of analyzing what this
      > might mean, and is worth a look.
      >
      > Brian
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      > Brian.
      >
      > Thanks for the link. You are correct, it does clearly say MIDNIGHT.
      >
      > Another factor in the delay from midnight to 2:35 AM is the time
      difference between Frederick and Washington. This was before the railroad
      companies set the standard times so Frederick might have been 30 to 45
      minutes behind Washington time.
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      > OG
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