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The Daily Dispatch: March 6, 1862., [Electronic resource], The production of saltpetre — something for every man to do. (search)
you may desire, that I can impart. I have the honor to enclose you a copy of a letter I addressed to Dr. A. Snowden Piggot, a distinguished chemist, who is familiar with the subject, and his reply. I am, very respectfully, your obd't sev't, Geo. Minor, Commander C. S. N. His Excellency, John Letcher, Gen. of Va. Fifty cents per pound will be paid, for saltpetre, on delivery, at any of the principal towns in Alabama. Geo. Minor, Chief of Bureau. Bureau of Grd. and Hdy., October 26, 1861. Sir --It is possible that the nitrous earth in the caves of the Southern States may not be sufficient to supply the amount of nitre required, and that we may have to resort to artificial nitre, beds. You are requested to inform this bureau of the best method of preparing nitre beds; of their probable productions; of the time required for ripening; of their influence upon health — and any other information that you may deem essential. I am, respectfully, your ob't serv't, G