How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War

Nearly 150 years before the advent of texts, tweets and e-mail, President Abraham Lincoln became the first “wired president” by embracing the original electronic messaging technology—the telegraph. The 16th president may be remembered for his soaring oratory that stirred the Union, but the nearly 1,000 bite-sized telegrams that he wrote during his presidency helped win the Civil War by projecting presidential power in unprecedented fashion.

Click here to listen to this story about how the telegraph helped Abraham Lincoln save the Union that I narrated for Our American Stories with Lee Habeeb.

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