Thanks, I had not thought of those photos when we were talking about these lines. I am not sure when that line went in, but will look into it.
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> dickeyr46@... 4/7/2005 4:58:20 PM >>>
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@v...> wrote:
> 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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