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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 07/18/2009 11:03:16 EDT
Subject: RE: Telegraph insecurity during CW

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Dave, thanks for your insight on this subject. With regard to Lee and Imboden, as you know, Lee was on record as being uncertain about Imboden's reliability (stated in a message to Stuart). Lee's instructions to Imboden to destroy his orders after reading may also have been motivated by the incident with lost orders 191 you mentioned that occurred less than a year earlier -- under the "once burned" theory.
Somewhat unrelated, but perhaps not all that much, is the peculiar fact that none of Stuart's correspondence during the entire almost two-month long Gettysburg Campaign survived (at least are not included in the OR), with the single exception of Stuart's orders to BG Beverly Robertson on June 24, 1863. Although messages "to" Stuart appear in the OR, only that one "from" Stuart survived or was made available. Also none of Stuart's letters during this timeframe are included in Adele Mitchell's edited collection of Stuart's letters (mostly to his wife).
The point or the question being was Stuart practicing security by not retaining copies of his operational messages during the long campaign, or is there some other explanation for them not being available? This has strayed from the telegraph security issue, but in some respects matters of security are interrelated.
I have raised this issue in another forum, but to date no definitive explanation has come forth regarding the non-availability of Stuart's messages during the Gettysburg Campaign.
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