“…Holmes recalled the first time he had tried to use his saber. Down at Edwards Ferry, he had been sent on horseback to carry dispatches. On the road he met a Rebel captain. They tried to get their sabers out. Both got thoroughly tangled up, wheeled, drew their pistols, rode close and pressed the muzzle to the other’s side. Neither pistol went off. No one but a soldier would understand that story.”
Yankee from Olympus. Catherine Drinker Bowen. p. 180.