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Daniel Trone House
233 Frederick St, Hanover, PA 17331-3602 GET DIRECTIONS
Telegraph operator Daniel Trone knew he'd be a target during the Battle of Hanover, so he hid his equipment in a loft and left two broken sets on a table in his office as decoys before fleeing. Trone returned to Hanover after the battle was over. Rebel cavalrymen had smashed his decoy telegraph equipment, but they did not find the good set in the loft. Trone retrieved his hidden equipment, and for the next two days telegraphed information about the Gettysburg battle in an exclusive arrangement with the New York Tribune. Abraham Lincoln received his first news of the battle from reports that Trone sent to New York through Washington.
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