Western Union Telegraph Expedition - Charles S. Bulkley
About the Project
If you had a chance to invest in a company on the verge of establishing a global communications monopoly, would you? The Western Union Telegraph Company saw an opportunity in the early 1860's to expand its hold on the telegraph market by connecting its telegraph lines with eastern Russian and Europe. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln approved the reassignment of a U. S. Navy steamship to the expedition, granted right of way between San Francisco and the northern border with Canada as the first part of the telegraph corridor and former superintendent of military telegraph U. S. Colonel Charles S. Bulkley for the Union Army led the expedition. Please join in this project to make this collection of Expedition materials more accessible to today's researchers and the general public.