Billy Fish wrote:Hello Mark,
In answer to your question. The cartridge at that time was coated or waterproofed with a mixture of linseed oil and beeswax, but when ill-disposed people decide to put a rumour about which they knew would inflame an already delicate situation, the notion of the cartridges being greased with either pig or cow's fat was the spark that lit the fire of the Indian Mutiny.
The relationship between the British Officers anfd their Sepoy troops had been slowly decaying for a number of years.
Mark wrote:Thanks Tim, much appreciated. I don't want to put you to any trouble mate so will have a look for a second-hand copy first.
I've read several well-known and popular histories on the Mutiny but I still feel the 'cartridge question' has been skipped over too much.
Maybe there just isn't any more to it but I will see what else I can find.
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