A good move--military telegraphy.
--The Richmond correspondent of the New Orleans Delta says:
While the Lincoln Administration
is assiduously studying military æromantics under Prof. Lowe
, and the Professor
in conducing to his own amusement and preciosity by humbugging Lincoln
with his ærial romances, the Confederate Government is engaged to much more practical purpose in organizing a system of military telegraphy, with the assistance of an experienced and energetic telegraphist, Mr. J. T. Colwell
, late of Washington
, and now Telegraphic Superintendent
for Eastern Virginia
and North Carolina
, Mr Colwell
is now having the wire made for this purpose in Richmond
, and when this is flushed it is purposed to furnish a portion of it to every important division of the army, together with a field apparatus and operators to work them.--This kind of telegraph requires no posts.
The wire, which is insulated, can be unwound from a sort of reel, and taken, as fast as a horse can trot, trailing on the ground, through bushes or through water, to any part along his lines with which a General may wish to communicate.
The apparatus is placed on small tables, which can be readily conveyed by hand.
The advantages of this system are as obvious as they are great.
Should a great battle take place, for instance, between Manassas Junction
, it would rage along an extent of perhaps eight or ten miles. The power of instant communication of orders, or instant receipt of intelligence, over such a field, when the day was perhaps hanging on one word, and that promptly given, is beyond all estimation.