Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Secretary Stanton” in chapter 8, page 134 of The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 5: Forts and Artillery.:

...m that time to the end of the war these and kindred types were greatly sought after by new regiments going to the front. During the first part of the war, so great was the demand for muskets that Secretary Stanton approved a recommendation of the chief of ordnance on August 8, 1862, for a somewhat lenient interpretation of the contracts with private establishments delivering small arms. General Ripley stated...
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