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Posted By: Ray Wemple on: 10/18/2005 07:52:17 EDT
Subject: RE: Post-Civil War Heliograph

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DAVE,
FLAG TELEGRAPHY WAS WHAT I WAS REFERRING TO. OK ON ACTUAL WORD LENGTHS. I WILL BE MENTIONING THE "VIGENERE" CODE NEXT MONTH AT A "BUFFS" GROUP MTG. AND HAVE A HAND OUT PREPARED FOR A LITTLE EXERCISE. I MAY DO A BRIEF DEMO ON ENCODING IN MY AMATEURISH WAY. I AGREE ON THE MYER DISK. WHATEVER THE LETTER NUMBER COMBO THAT WAS FLAGGED WAS WHAT YOU SET YOUR DISK AT, I BELIEVE. KIND OF LIKE "LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE'S" SECRET DECODER RING. I SAW A MYER DISK AT G'BURG ( NUMBER 323 I BELIEVE) WHICH WAS USED BY CAPT. THOS. CLARKE, 6TH VERMONT VOLS. HE IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE SIGNALED O.O.HOWARD FROM COURTHOUSE CUPOLA ABOUT CSA MOVEMENTS IN CODE USING IT. THAT WOULD HAVE MEANT, I BELIEVE, THE RECEIVING STATION ON CEMETERY HILL OBVIOUSLY WOULD HAVE TO HAD A DISK FOR DECIPHERING. MY VIEW IS THAT WAS PRETTY SLICK, FOR THE TIME. I THINK THAT I TOLD YOU I HAVE A REPLICA MYER DISK THAT I PURCHASED FROM THE SIGNAL STORE AND IT IS PRETTY NICE. AGAIN, I HAVE ENJOYED OUR EXCHANGES AND AM ALSO LEARNING WHILE DOING SO. NOTHING LIKE LONG DISTANCE LEARNING AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT.
73
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