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During the Civil War, the telegraph was still a relatively new means of communication. But President Abraham Lincoln used it to its fullest potential. From the War Department's Telegraph Office, he received nearly instant updates on battles throughout the country and relayed orders to his generals. Lincoln's use of the telegraph helped Union forces triumph at Gettysburg, and set the stage for one of the most famous speeches in American history.

[email protected] is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (1 episodes). The series first aired on November 19, 2013.

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Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
1 Season, 1 Episode
November 19, 2013
Documentary & Biography
8.6/10
Cast: Anthony Aroya, Robert Broski, David Corradetti, Slade Demarco
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  • A revelation of how Lincoln had control because his interest in technology. "Abraham Lincoln recognized that he who controls the conduit also controls the content," said Tom Wheeler. Lincoln used innovations to be connected to the country - he received dispatches by telegraph from his generals in the field - which transmitted his words and strategic plans for the nation with more efficiency and clarity than before. Included are views from historians, political scientists and Civil War and military experts.