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Men of ledgers

The individual telegrams tend to be haphazardly archived, and many are missing, ¿ ¿[Gen. Ulysses S.] Grant, pictured here in Cold Harbor, Virginia, was known to say the best way to file documents was in his own pockets.¿ What the Eckert collection offers is a systematic, centralized record, in chronological order, of Union military telegrams.Matthew Brady / Library of Congress