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The War Department takes over all telegraph communication in the United States

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02/25/1862
The War Department, acting under a congressional mandate passed the month before, took control of all telegraph lines in the United States.  From then on, all information passed over the telegraph would require Army approval and all news organizations that broke the rules governing the dissemination of military news and information would be punished by witholding their use of the telegraph and, further, having the transport of their newspapers by railroad restricted.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 40.
Christopher H. Sterling, Military Communications from Ancient Times to the 21st Century (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2008), 482.

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