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Posted By: Joe Martin on: 09/18/2013 12:00:57 EDT
Subject: RE: Signal Service Solves CSA Cipher

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Reminds me of your insider’s joke about the guys who, by simply stepping over a certain geographical point, were immediately assigned a different identity.

My admittedly cursory study leads me to think that during the CW there was no “U.S. Army” in the 20th Century (and beyond) understanding of the term. The CW “Armies of the whatever” seem to have operated as virtually independent forces, with little or no coordination short of Lincoln’s level. And even the C-in-C had his difficulties.

As those who view and contribute to these cyber musings know, my interest in (and knowledge of) the CW is largely confined to aeronautics. But the forum brings to light many fascinating sidelights such as this one. My copy of Kahn is in a box somewhere so I have no ready reference to CW cryptology in general, but entering keyword “cipher” in a search of the digital OR yields 1,121 matches. My sense is that, at least on the Union side, this aspect of communications--like so many other things--matured, and thereby found greater usage, as the war went along.

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