February 3, 1825: The birth of General Edward Mounier Boxer, Inventor of the Boxer Cartridge which by all sources was a definite improvement in 19th Century ammunition.
The cartridges were used by Holmes when he “in one of his queer humours would sit in an armchair, with his hair-trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges, and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic V.R. done in bullet-pocks” [MUSG].
This information as well as the previous two days’ posts came from a new and great informational book, A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF DATES by Leah Guinn, JHWS “Amber”, and Jaime Mahoney, JHWS “Tressa”, two talented and dedicated researchers who have created a great reference material volume that all will enjoy. Leah has graciously given me permission to reprint information from this volume for our enjoyment.
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3 Replies to “On February 3rd…”
I hope to get a copy of that book soon. I think it will be very helpful come treasure hunt time. Everything I’ve heard about it is positive.
That is a great picture, too!
Thanks, For your comment. My column is helped out by Selena from time to time. She added the picture. I am going to add her to the byline./ She is such a great editor
Awww, shucks. I do what I can. Wikimedia Commons is full of excellent pictures licensed for reuse – that’s where I found that picture and some others I’ve used.
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