B861 Monthly Return and De-Coder Document

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B861 Monthly Return and De-Coder Document

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Here we offer two documents related to Lieut Henry Ede, RQM 81st Ill Inf. The first is the CG&E return of the month of December 1864, 5 of 12 pages handwritten in a booklet, itemizing clothing issued to officers of 11 companies of the 81st and tents and mess gear received for the regiment. This is a meticulously penned document, beautiful penmanship on pages tied together with three tiny pink bows. The second document is of particular interest, a cipher square which is an alphabet document written with 26 columns and 26 rows, each beginning with a progressive letter of the alphabet. It allowed its possessor to encode and decode secret documents for transfer behind enemy lines. All that was needed was the coded message, the cipher square and a code breaking sentence. With this package I will include a detailed explanation of how the process worked. This is the first of this kind of document I have ever come across. Both papers are in very fine condition.

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