Decoded : Civil war message in a bottle

A message that was placed in a corked glass vial dating back to the Civil War has finally been decoed, it took 147 years after it was originally sent.

The one that was intended to recive the message was Confedrate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, who at the time was under siege in Vicksburg, by the forces of Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Pemberton´s troops that was more than 30.000 confederate soldiers, were eventually defetated.

The message was dated July 4, 1863, the same day that Pemberton´s army surrenderd. The encrypted note was deciphered whit the help of CIA codebreaker David Gaddy and later confirmed by a Navy cryptologist.

If Pemberton had recived the note, it wouldn´t have been encouraging news. The note tells Pemberton that reinforcements would not be forthcoming to help the army in the siege.

The full message reads:

Gen’l Pemberton: You can expect no help from this side of the river. Let Gen’l Johnston know, if possible, when you can attack the same point on the enemy’s lines. Inform me also and I will endeavor to make a diversion. I have sent some caps (explosive devices). I subjoin a despatch (sic) from General Johnston.

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