Memento Mori

Published:July 16, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

From the National Archives:

The Telegraph dramatically increased the speed with which military officers communicated with each other and with civilian authorities. Newspapers also used the telegraph and rapidly delivered war-related information to readers. Early in war however, the Lincoln administration censored telegraphic communication, arguing that while news of the war could be delivered with great speed, military secrets could also be quickly divulged. There was a fine line between military necessity and censoring the merely embarrassing or politically disadvantageous.

The Telegram below is to Confederate Secretary of War James A. Seddon, from General Robert E. Lee announcing the death of Gen Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. May 10th 1863

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