Message in bottle carries bad news
The message was 147 years old but its impact had not lessened: no help coming. It was sent in a glass vial sealed with a cork and told Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton that there would be no reinforcements to help him at Vicksburg. On that day Vicksburg fell to Union forces.
The two-inch bottle with a tightly curled note inside was donated to the Museum of the Confederacy in 1896 but it wasn’t until recently that anyone read it. The six-line note was written in code and it took several weeks to decipher.
Steve Szkotak of the Associated Press has a detailed story about the unusual discovery.
| December 30, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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