Encrypted message to John Pemberton, 1863-07-04
|Encrypted message to John Clifford Pemberton, 4th July 1863 (1863)
|This note, probably from General John Grimes Walker, to General John Clifford Pemberton, was sent on the day Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg. It was encrypted with the Vigenère cipher, and was sent in a glass vial along with a lead bullet: the intention may have been to weight it down in case it had to be thrown into the river.|
SEAN WIEUIIUZH DTG CNP LBXGK OZ BJQB FEQT XZBW JJOY TK FHR TPZWK P U RYSQ VO PZXGG OEPH K ASFKIPW PLVO J Z HMN NVAEUD XYF D RJ BOVPA SF MLV FYYRDE LVPL MFYSIN XY FQEO NPK M OBPC FYXJFHOHT AS ETOV B OCAJ SVQU M ZTZV TP Y DA FQTI TTJ J DOGOAIA FLWHTXTI Q TR SEA LVLFLXFO.
The key is "MANCHESTERBLUFF", repeated until the end of the message.
GENL PEMBERTON YOU CAN EXPECT NO HELP FROM THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER LET GENL JOHNSTON KNOW IF POSSIBLE WHEN YOU CAN ATTACK THE SAME POINT ON THE ENEMYS LINE INFORM ME ALSO AND I WILL ENDEAVOUR TO MAKE A DIVERSION I HAVE SENT SOME CAPS I SUBJOIN DESPATCH FROM GEN JOHNSTON.
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