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Sherlock Holmes and Antietam

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  • csh_2088
    With the new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out I thought I would point out an interesting connection between the detective and the battle of Antietam. Sir
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 30, 2009
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      With the new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out I thought I would point
      out an interesting connection between the detective and the battle of
      Antietam. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave the detective the last name of
      Holmes because he was a fan of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. His son Oliver
      Wendell Holmes Jr. was an officer in the Army of the Potomac and was
      seriously wounded at the battle of Antietam.
    • Thomas Clemens
      Do you have a citation on that? It strikes me I read an article years ago explaining how Doyle named the famous detective after two gunners in the royal
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 31, 2009
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        Do you have a citation on that? It strikes me I read an article years ago explaining how Doyle named the famous detective after two gunners in the royal artillery in India, one named Sherlock and the other Holmes. I recall it be speculative, but never heard this story at all.
        BTW, I will not be seeing the new movie. Jeremy Brett defined the role and nobody else hold a candle to him.


        Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
        Professor of History
        Hagerstown Community College


        >>> "csh_2088" <csh_2088@...> 12/31/09 1:16 AM >>>
        With the new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out I thought I would point
        out an interesting connection between the detective and the battle of
        Antietam. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave the detective the last name of
        Holmes because he was a fan of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. His son Oliver
        Wendell Holmes Jr. was an officer in the Army of the Potomac and was
        seriously wounded at the battle of Antietam.
      • csh_2088
        I found this on a website which gives a short biography of Sir Athur Conan Doyle: Shortly after the marriage, Dr. Doyle began practicing medicine as an eye
        Message 3 of 4 , Dec 31, 2009
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          I found this on a website which gives a short biography of Sir Athur
          Conan Doyle:

          Shortly after the marriage, Dr. Doyle began practicing medicine as an
          eye specialist. His first Sherlock Holmes story was published in 1887.
          Sherlock Holmes was based on Edgar Allan Poe's <#> detective C. Auguste
          Dupin and Eugene Francois Vidoq, a former criminal who became chief of
          the Surete, Paris' police force. Holmes' physical appearance was that of
          Dr. Joseph Bell, Doyle's teacher from the University of Edinburgh. His
          surname came from Oliver Wendell Holmes, an American poet admired by
          Doyle.

          The link to the biography is here
          <http://www.essortment.com/all/detectivestorie_rlow.htm> .

          Coly


          --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens" <clemenst@...>
          wrote:
          >
          > Do you have a citation on that? It strikes me I read an article years
          ago explaining how Doyle named the famous detective after two gunners in
          the royal artillery in India, one named Sherlock and the other Holmes. I
          recall it be speculative, but never heard this story at all.
          > BTW, I will not be seeing the new movie. Jeremy Brett defined the role
          and nobody else hold a candle to him.
          >
          >
          > Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
          > Professor of History
          > Hagerstown Community College
          >
          >
          > >>> "csh_2088" csh_2088@... 12/31/09 1:16 AM >>>
          > With the new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out I thought I would point
          > out an interesting connection between the detective and the battle of
          > Antietam. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave the detective the last name of
          > Holmes because he was a fan of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. His son
          Oliver
          > Wendell Holmes Jr. was an officer in the Army of the Potomac and was
          > seriously wounded at the battle of Antietam.
          >




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        • G E Mayers
          Tom, Interesting theories, no matter which way you look at it. I agree with you as regards Jeremy Brett...by far the BEST Holmes ever! Yr. Obt. Svt. G E
          Message 4 of 4 , Dec 31, 2009
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            Tom,

            Interesting theories, no matter which way you look at it. I agree
            with you as regards Jeremy Brett...by far the "BEST" Holmes ever!

            Yr. Obt. Svt.
            G E "Gerry" Mayers

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            Do you have a citation on that? It strikes me I read an article
            years ago explaining how Doyle named the famous detective after
            two gunners in the royal artillery in India, one named Sherlock
            and the other Holmes. I recall it be speculative, but never
            heard this story at all.
            BTW, I will not be seeing the new movie. Jeremy Brett defined
            the role and nobody else hold a candle to him.


            Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
            Professor of History
            Hagerstown Community College


            >>> "csh_2088" <csh_2088@...> 12/31/09 1:16 AM >>>
            With the new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out I thought I would
            point
            out an interesting connection between the detective and the
            battle of
            Antietam. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave the detective the last name
            of
            Holmes because he was a fan of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. His son
            Oliver
            Wendell Holmes Jr. was an officer in the Army of the Potomac and
            was
            seriously wounded at the battle of Antietam.
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