it be so at this time, you will procure it for this Government, and use the needful precaution in relation to its transportation.
Mr. — —, of the Harpers Ferry Armory, can give you all the information in that connection which you may require.
Mr. Ball, the master armorer at Harpers Ferry, is willing to accept service under our Government, and could probably bring with him skilled workmen.
If we get the machinery, this will be important.
Machinery for grooving muskets and heavy guns is, I states lately united.
As soon as the United States troops had evacuated the place, the citizens and amorers went to work to save the armory as far as possible from destruction, and to secure valuable material stored in it. The master armorer, Armistead Ball, so bravely and skillfully directed these efforts that a large part of the machinery and materials was saved from the flames.
The subduing of the fire was a dangerous and difficult task, and great credit is due to those who, under the o