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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 02:21 pm
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Help!!!  I am reading Craig Symonds book on Joseph Johnston.  In it he talks about Johnston writing to MacCellan in the 1850's when they were best freinds about improving the Army.  One of the things it says is

"Johnston argued repeatedly for the use of gutta percha rather than India rubber in scabbards"

I was telling a friend who is a saber collector about the book and Johnston's friendship with Little Mac.  I read him that passage.  He said what use of India Rubber?   Scabbards are all metal.  Now I am totally confused.   Johann can you or one of the others of you who know weapons help me out . 

Thanks so much

susan

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