The Telegraph

A History of Morse’s Invention and Its Predecessors in the United States


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About the Book

Samuel F.B. Morse’s invention of the telegraph marked a new era in communication. For the first time, people were able to communicate quickly from great distances.
The genesis of Morse’s invention is covered in detail, starting in 1832, along with the establishment of the first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States and the dramatic effect the device had on the Civil War. The Morse telegraph that served the world for over 100 years is explained in clear terms. Also examined are recent advances in telegraph technology and its continued impact on communication.

About the Author(s)

A former Morse telegrapher Lewis Coe of Crown Point, Indiana, is also the author of Wireless Radio (1996) and The Telephone and Its Several Inventors (1995).

Bibliographic Details

Lewis Coe
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003 [1993]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1808-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0724-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“focuses on the effect the invention had upon American history”—Booklist; “fascinating details…good reading for anyone curious about communication”—Choice; “useful modern survey history”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly; “for the Civil War era, the telegraph…revolutionized warfare…will interest Civil War buffs…invaluable”—The Civil War Courier; “played an important role”—Civil War Book Review.