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than those formerly used by the Signal Corps. We found it necessary, however, to make some changes in some of the material. The reels not being suitable, we adopted a form of our own; the instruments and insulators were found most too frail, and therefore we have suggested improvements, some of which I believe are being made.

Considering that this branch, of the service was entirely new to us and had to be wholly reorganized, I think we have succeeded remarkably well with it, and great praise is due Captain J. C. Van Duzer for its successful operation in his department-the only one in which it has been needed in my division. For details thereof you are respectfully referred to his report, herewith transmitted.

Our success is attributable in a great measure to the operators, who, with but few exceptions, have been very faithful in the performance of their duties, and deserve much credit thereof.

The following is my report of lines abandoned, &c., and of moneys received and disbursed, also of property on hand at the end of this year. The line and cable, and money reports embrace the entire Division of the Mississippi, including Department of the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Ohio, under the immediate charge of Captains Van Duzer, Fuller, and Gross:

Balance of funds on hand July 31, 1864......... $2.98

Received from officers to June 30, 1864........ 185,500.00

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Total.......................................... 185,502.98

Disbursed during the year...................... 183,484.91

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Balance on hand June 30, 1864.................. 2,018.07

Miles.

Telegraph lines in working order

July 1, 1863................................... 858 1\2

Telegraph constructed to

June 30, 1864.................................. 2,074 1\2

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Total.......................................... 2,933

Abandoned during the year...................... 1,200 1\2

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In working order June 30, 1864................. 1,732 1\2

Between the following points:

From- To- Number of Remarks.

miles.

Nashville, Chattanooga, a 323

Tenn.. Tenn...

Do... Stevenson, Ala.. 193

Do... Richland, Tenn.. 85

Do... Johnsonville, 78

Tenn.

Chattanooga Strawberry 128

, Tenn.. Plains, Tenn..

Do... Big Shanty, Ga.. 110

Kingston, Rome, Ga.. 19

Ga..

Big Shanty, Several 20

Ga.. headquarters..

Clarksville Paducah and 201 1\2 Captain Gross"

, Ga.. Hopkinsville, department .

Ky..

Mount Camp Burnside, 127

Sterling, Ky..

Ky..

Lebanon, Knoxville, 216

Ky.. Tenn..

Do.. Burkesville, 67 Captain Gross"

Ky.. department.

Cairo, Paducah, Ky.. 60

Ill..

Memphis, Outposts and 62

Tenn.. Saulsbury,

Tenn..

Cairo, Moscow, Tenn.. 42 Captain

Ill.. Fuller's

department.

Total.. ............... 1,732 1\2

a Two wires.

Submarine cable.- On the 1st day of July, 1863, there were in operation of submarine cable 7,500 feet. In April, 1864, the cable from Paducah, Ky., to Illinois shore of Ohio River was destroyed, 3,00 feet, leaving a balance of 4,500 feet, and was relaid in March with