Coded Civil War message deciphered 147 years later
Published on December 28th, 2010 | by Admin1
In the encrypted message, a commander tells Gen John Pemberton that no reinforcements are available to help him defend Vicksburg, Mississippi.
“You can expect no help from this side of the river,” says the message, which was deciphered by codebreakers.
The text is dated 4 July 1863 – the day Vicksburg fell to Union forces.
Earlier this year the museum’s collections manager, Catherine Wright, decided to investigate the wrapped note it contained.
It was “just sort of a curiosity thing”, she told the Associated Press news agency.