17 Feb 2014
This anonymous Sherlock Holmes pastiche is the first time this episode has been seen since it appeared in two newspapers in 1897. With the creation of searchable online newspaper and magazine archives, there is no doubt — at least a certainty in my files — that more Holmes material will turn up.
This story is also special in another way, in that it plays on the tendency of Civil War veterans to embellish their tales of the battlefield four decades after the guns fell silent.
[Note: The W.C.T.U. mentioned in the story refers to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the anti-alcohol group, and a minie ball was the name for the solid lead bullet the soldiers used.]
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