Lincoln Telegrams

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The the Lincoln Telegram Wiki is an ongoing collaboration of students and teachers interested in President Abraham Lincoln's use of the telegraph. The project is based at NC State University and directed by John Lee. This wiki contains transcripts of telegram memos produced by President Abraham Lincoln from March 10, 1864 through April 12, 1865. Analysis and transcriptions of the telegram memos are presented here along with Images of the memos. A separate presentation of the telegrams is available from our companion site at
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'The Lincoln Telegrams are a production of the Digital History and Pedagogy Project

Images of the telegram memos were generously provided by the Papers of Abraham Lincoln

The telegram memos presented on this site are from the series: Telegrams Sent and Received By The War Department Central Telegraph Office., compiled 1861 - 1882 - microform M473

Background Information on Lincoln's use of the telegraph

Using the Lincoln Telegrams wiki

The telegrams are separated by month and year. Previously, the telegrams had been listed, without separation, in total. If you would like to see that view, you may click here.

March, 1864 April, 1864 May, 1864 June, 1864 July, 1864 August, 1864
September, 1864 October, 1864 November, 1864 December, 1864
January, 1865 February, 1865 March, 1865 April, 1865

We invite you to use these telegrams in your classroom with your students. Primary source documents are beneficial to student learning, and aide in students learning how history is created.

Additional analysis and projects

Geographic analysis of Lincoln telegrams created by Derek and C. J. Lee

Events mentioned in the telegrams

Interpretative essays on Lincoln and the Civil War

Spreadsheet of summary information about the telegrams.

Analysis of Lincoln's telegram writing - a new literacy?

A collection of Hypertext essays presenting analysis of the Lincoln the telegrams

Analytical essays examining topics in the Lincoln Telegrams collection

Telegrams for students at Midway High School - February 29, 2012.

Special presentation of April_12,_1865 Lincoln telegram to Godfrey Weitzel.

Civil War telegram tidbits

Lincoln Telegrams book project