Mexican .52 Billinghurst & Requa

Always thought that these guns had been used only by the Union during the Civil War but here is a detail of the sale to the Mexican government of six of them, 28,000 cartridges, 20,400 cartridge boxes and 816 hinges for the same (they are misnamed “Bellinghurst y Regua”). Other interesting items appreciable on this excerpt are cartridges for Enfield, Remington, Maynard and Campbell carbines.

I think that there must be a mistake in the translation from English to Spanish of two of the items purchased for the Billinghurst & Requa. The Spanish word “cajas” means “boxes”, but these would be cartridge “cases”. In the same way “goznes para cajas de cartuchos” (hinges for cartridge boxes) probably means “holders for cartridge cases”. If we divide 20,400 cartridge cases by 25 we obtain exaclty 816 loaded cartridge holders.

Fede- Can you put a date on this purchase, and where it came from?

Do the columns “Estado A1, …A2”, etc, indicate different shipments?

John, each column titled “Estado” (Status) is a reference to those who ordered the purchase of these items, where “1” was the famous General José María Jesús Carvajal, Governor and Military Commandant of the State of Tamaulipas, northeast of Mexico. Those six battery guns were bought directly from Mr. David Smith of New York and delivered to the port of Matamoros on July 26, 1866 onboard vessel J. W. Everman. These may have been used against the army of Napolen III during the Second French Intervention in Mexico (1862-1867).