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The Daily Dispatch: March 6, 1862., [Electronic resource], The production of saltpetre — something for every man to do. (search)
the revolution, by reason of the English blockade. The demand, for this article of prime necessity, for an army of a million of men, was supplied from artificial nitre beds. In France alone, the yield was a thousand tons per annum. It was proportionate in Holland, Prussia, Sweden, and Germany. Nitre is still extracted from beds in Prussia, Sweden, and other countries in Europe. Dr. P. replies to Dr. M. as follows: Richmond, October 28, 1861. Sir --In reply to your letter of the 28th instant, I submit the following statements. 1. As to the best method of preparing nitre beds. The processes for the formation of nitre, artificially, are based upon the peculiar reactions of decomposing azotized matter in the presence of strong alkaline and earthy bases. Under these circumstances, the formation of nitric acid goes on regularly and uninterruptedly, under the influence of the atmospheric air. The chemical conditions of the formation of nitre, then, are three de