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Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War
Publisher: Collins Business | 2006-10-02 | ISBN: 006112978X | PDF | 256 pages | 1.17 MB


The Internet has sparked interest in its predecessor, the telegraph (Tom Standage’s The Victorian Internet, 1998); here is a case study in the trend. Applying “early adopter” buzzwords to Lincoln, Wheeler’s inquiry into his use of the telegraph has the spirit of a management consultant appraising a client’s leadership style. The author relates that Lincoln personally sent out 1,000 telegrams during the Civil War, learning along the way what was or wasn’t effective. Initially an intermittent user, Lincoln at times was so reliant on rapid communication that he spent nights at the War Department’s telegraph office. Every Lincoln reader is familiar with this image, and Wheeler taps into this common memory by quoting Lincoln’s telegraphic words on these occasions. They group most numerously around specific battles (e.g., 1862’s Second Battle of Bull Run) and Lincoln’s reprieves of condemned soldiers. Expanding on this footnote to history, Wheeler shows a Lincoln groping for a best-use of new technology and learning the limitations of the “killer app.”


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