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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), My comrades of the army of Northern Virginia, (search)
hours to make, fill and press a million of caps. But in a short time our supply of sheet copper was exhausted, and after the occupation of Chattanooga by the Union troops and the loss of our copper mines in Tennessee, we were placed in a serious dilemma. We had no copper—no mines—and the blockade was very stringent —it was impossible to obtain it. In this emergency, in the spring of 1864, an officer was sent to North Carolina by my order and with the approval of the Chief of Ordnance, Colonel Gorgas, and directed to purchase, cut up, and ship to the Richmond arsenal all the turpentine and brandy stills he could find. He was very efficient and successful, and with the copper of these old stills we made all the caps used by the army for the last year of the war. Percussion caps were filled with fulminate of mercury, made from mercury and nitric acid. The nitric acid was made at the arsenal of nitre and sulphuric acid—the nitre was made under the management of special officers f
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
evolver, 428. Gilliam, Gen, 62. Gilliam, Surgeon, 114. Gilliland, D. B., 395, 415. Gilmer, Gen. J. F., 273. Gilmore, Gen., 105, 153, 162. Giltner's Cavalry, 66. Gist, Geo., 173, 177. Gist Gen. S. R., 137, 146. Glade Mountain, 65. Glover, Major J. V., 130, 133, 134, 157, 165, 185, 190, 193. Glover, Col., Thos. J., 120, 133. Gober, Major, 303. Goff, Gen., David, 83. Goodlett, Col., 147, 149, Gordon, Gen. John B., 108, 203, 274, 391. Gordon, Capt. W. B., 134, 168. Gorgas, Gen Josiah, 273, 287. Goulding, Rev. F. R., 428. Govan, Gen, 371. Gracie's, Gen. A., Brigade, 21, 379. Grafton, 83. Graham, Capt. A., 277. Graham, Lt. James R., 60, 64. Graham, Col. R. F., 151, 170, 181, 188. Granbury, J. C., Bishop, 205. Granbury, Gen., 371. Granby, 12. Granger, Gen., 386. Grant, Gen. U. S., 30; career of, 257: On to Richmond of, 258, 341. Granville's Trade Laws, 6. Gravelly Run, Battle of, 21. Greeley on Secession, Horace, 334. Gregg, Gen., Maxcy