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t material within your reach, by detailing officers from other corps, and by employing civil engineers, for whom pay will be allowed. Your obedient servant, J. P. Benjamin, Acting Secretary of War. General A. S. Johnston, Columbus, Kentucky. Thus, it will be seen, the only immediate result of this appeal in so many quarters for armament was 1,000 stand of arms. Late in November, 3,650 Enfield rifles were received from the War Department. The Ordnance Bureau, ably conducted by Colonel Gorgas, used energetic measures to supply munitions of war, and eventually was quite successful in the importation of siege-guns, and in the purchase and manufacture of powder and other materiel. The chief defect was a lack of small-arms. This was never fully supplied so far as General Johnston was concerned, though he received some on the eve of the battle of Shiloh. The energetic steps taken by the State government of Tennessee, immediately after secession, now afforded a partial basis o