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42776Re: A Telegraphic Question

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  • Dan Giallombardo
    Jan 1, 2007
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      I am interested. And thank you.---Dan

      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Gunter" <tony_gunter@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, PvtUpScope@ wrote:
      > >
      > > Bill
      > >
      > > Completing the circuit.---
      > > No, touching ones tongue onto a lose end would not complete the
      > circuit.
      > > What they did was hold one loose end in one hand and
      > > then with the other hand, touch the other loose end to their
      tongue.
      > > This then would complete the circuit and they could feel the
      > resistance
      > > variance of each dash and dot with their tongue. Totally feasible.
      > >
      > > wrbranham
      >
      > Actually, I've had this conversation before with a telegraph
      expert, in
      > reference to Civil War spying, and had to go look it up to make
      sure
      > what the answer was. The telegraph "circuit" basically was a
      single
      > wire that ran from voltage to, literally, ground. So placing one's
      > tongue on an exposed wire (most telegraph wire in the civil war was
      > uninsulated) and standing on the ground would complete the circuit.
      >
      > The same guy sent me a picture of a telegraph "bugging" set.
      Bugging a
      > a telegraph line was ridiculously easy: one wire flung over the
      > uninsulated telegraph line, and one stuck in the ground. So
      basically,
      > anything important was encrypted. I can post the pic of the set
      here
      > if anyone is interested.
      >
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