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5 August 1861: “I have deciphered & read two letters that were brought in, but am stuck on a note book picked up on the field of battle…it was written by a confoundedly smart fellow.”

Item description: Letter, 5 August 1861, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife in which Alexander describes some of the cryptanalysis that he has been doing for the Confederate Army. Item citation: From folder 8 of the Edward Porter Alexander … Continue reading

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5 July 1861: “You need not feel in the least alarmed for me, for I candidly do not believe that any attack will be made on us at least for a long time…”

Item description: Letter, 5 July 1861, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife Bettie. At one point Alexander describes the mobilizing Confederate forces in a coded message, written in an “unknown tongue.” Several pencil notations were written above the coded … Continue reading

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