It is said that Abraham Lincoln spent so much time in the War Department telegraph office to keep up with the war that he learned to read Morse with facility after a while and he followed it as it was received.
The Civil War (the War Between the States) was the first in which the telegraph was effectively used and allowed much more rapid operations and changes than when messagers or carrier pigeons were relied on for news, command and control.
An aside, I imagine the engineers at WOW-TV were using the International Code, as normally used by radio, rather than the Morse code. There are many similarities but also significant differences.
Wes Leatherock firstname.lastname@example.org***** Moderator's Note *****
Wes, I'm curious: I always thought that both the Amercian and Continental codes were called "Morse Code", e.g., American Morse Code or International Morse Code. Is this true?
Bill Horne Temporary Moderator