by Christopher Grisham
In the early 1800s, the world shrank. The steam engine, attached to boats and trains, allowed people to travel farther and faster than ever before. Nothing at the time, however, connected people more than the invention of the telegraph. In our collection at the Tennessee State Museum, we have one of the earliest known telegraph messages ever sent. The story behind it is much more than one of technical innovation.
Telegraph, 1840-1865 (Tennessee State Museum collect...