8 April 1862: Cipher from Joseph E. Johnston to Robert E. Lee

Item description: Cipher sent from Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Gen. Robert E. Lee. The coded message appears to be a note regarding the supply of arms to Johnston’s command, which in April 1862 was engaged in the fortification and defense of Richmond.

As there is no key for deciphering the message, the exact meaning of the note is unclear.  Do you have any thoughts on the meaning of the message?

Item citation: From folder 10 of the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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