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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Work of the Ordnance Bureau of the war Department of the Confederate States, 1861-5. (search)
es improving the quality of the powder. As other examples may be mentioned the casting of shells with polygonal cavities, securing the bursting into a determinate number of pieces, ingenious devices for the ignition of time fuses for the shells of rifled guns, etc. As giving some idea of the scale on which the current work of the arsenal was done, the following statement may be quoted from a paper written by Genl. Gorgas after the war. The principal issues from the Richmond arsenal from July 1st, 1861 to January 1st, 1865, including work done by the Tredegar Company and by outside contractors, were: 341Columbiads and siege guns. 1,306Field pieces (including captured guns repaired). 1,375Gun carriages. 875Caissons. 152Forges. 6,852Sets of artillery harness. 921,441Rounds of field, siege and sea-coast ammunition. 1,456,19Friction primers. 1,110,966Fuzes. 17,423Port-fires. 3,985Rockets. 323,231Infantry arms (chiefly arms from battle fields repaired). 34,067 Cavalry arms