Discussion Communication Impact on Civil War Outcome

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A small but important point, the development of insulated iron wire to replace copper wire aided in the improvement of the telegraph systems as it was stronger, cheaper and insulated to protect against the effects of the weather. Confederates also appreciated the improved wire as they could use captured supplies of it to set off electrically detonated underwater torpedoes (mines) in the James River.
And was also imported, expensively, through the blockade. The Confederates set up manufacturing sites to attempt to satisfy their requirements.

Source - 'Infernal Machines: The Story of Confederate Submarine and Mine Warfare' by Milton F. Perry

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Lieutenant Commander James Waddell of CSS Shenandoah was in the same position as General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and Major General Sir Edward Pakenham vs Brevet Major General Andrew Jackson to name a few. No direct comms...keep fighting...
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