War of the Rebellion: Serial 125 Page 0856 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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3,300 feet of new cable, leaving in working order June 30, 1864, 7,800 feet, running as follows: From Paducah, Ky., across Ohio River, 1,000 feet; from Cairo Ill., to Kentucky shore, 3,500 feet; from Paducah, Ky., to Illinois shore, 3,300 feet. Total, 7,800 feet.

The average number of classes of persons employed during the year was 9. The average number of men employed was 335.

The aggregate number of dispatches sent over the lines during the year is estimated at 720,000. It is impossible to get at the exact figures, but the above is supposed to be within the number.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant.

SAM. BRUCH,

Captain and A. Q. M., Asst. Supt. U. S. Military Telegraph.

G.

HDQRS. U. S. MIL. TEL., DEPT. OF THE OHIO,

Danville, Ky., October 13, 1864.

Colonel ANSON STAGER,

General Supt. U. S. Mil. Telegraph, Cleveland, Ohio:

COLONEL: In obedience to your communication addressed to me under date of 29th of September, 1864, I have the honor to submit the following detailed report of my official action from January 1, 1864, to June 30, 1864, that being the period of my service within the fiscal year 1864:

My appointment of assistant quartermaster of volunteers, with the rank of captain, bears date of October 27, 1863; my letter of acceptance November 4, 1863, and the order assigning me to duty in the service of the U. S. Military Telegraph as assistant superintendent November 21, 1863, wherein I was ordered to report by telegraph to Captain Sam. Brucgh, assistant quartermaster, Louisville, Ky., for further orders, which was immediately done.

Operations within the Department of the Ohio, so far as they related to the U. S. Military Telegraph, were made under the direction of Captain Sam Bruch, assistant quartermaster and assistant superintendent U. S. Military Telegraph, prior to January 1, 1864, and are not, therefore, made a part of this report, although as the agent of Captain Bruch from 1st of September, 1863, to 31st of December, 1863, they were made under my personal direction and supervision.

January 1, 1864, Captain Bruch transferred to me the property used for. U. S. Military Telegraph purposes within the Department of the Ohio, and in obedience to orders from your headquarters under date 21st of November, 1863, my headquarters was established at Danville, Ky.

The following U. S. military lines were in operation in the Department of the Ohio January 1, 1864:

Miles.

Mount Sterling, Ky., to Danville, Ky.............. 69

Lebanon, Ky., to Jamestown, Ky.................... 55

Lebanon to Tazewell, Tenn......................... 165

Stanford to Camp Bernard, Ky.,

six miles beyond........................, Tenn., to

Charleston, Tenn.................................. 92

Loudon, Tenn., to Kingston, Tenn.................. 25

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Total............................................. 452

On January 1, 1864, military telegraph offices were open for the reception and dispatch of business at the following stations: Dan