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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)
le fields repaired). 34,067 Cavalry arms (chiefly arms from battle fields repaired). 44,877 Swords and sabres (chiefly arms from battle fields repaired). 375,510 Sets of infantry and cavalry accoutrements. 180,181Knapsacks. 328,977Canteens and straps. 72,413,854Small-arm cartridges. ,115,087Gun and carbine slings. 146,901,250Percussion caps. 69,418Cavalry saddles. 85,139Cavalry bridles. 75,611Cavalry halters. 35,464Saddle blankets. 59,624Pairs spurs. 42,285Horse brushes. 56,903Curry combs. Beside the immediate work of the Ordnance Bureau, it had to undertake a great number of most onerous outside tasks rendered necessary by the disorganized condition of society. While indispensable help was obtained from the railroads, they had in turn to be helped, and largely, in making repairs to their rolling stock and tracks. In fact, a silent partnership grew up, and materials and labor had to be used almost in common for a common end. It is easy to see how vitally necessary