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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the first conflict. (search)
ted to them by the agents of the Confederate government in Europe. The exact amount of these importations will never be known, for the transactions were conducted with great secrecy; but it was currently reported in the South that during the first year of the war three hundred thousand muskets were brought over from Europe, with one thousand charges for each musket, and that one single ship, the Bermuda, had a cargo of sixty-five thousand. Those muskets manufactured either at Liege or at Birmingham were selected with much more ease than the arms destined for the Federals, for in the struggle between the agents of the two parties to secure the best materials the Confederates had generally the advantage. The materiel of the artillery was obtained in the same manner. Mr. Floyd had not forgotten the armament of the Federal forts situated in the South, while leaving garrisons in them too weak for their defence. Different cities furnished cannon which had been in their possession sinc