The entire product of one large Northern mill was being received at a Southern port.
Of course all the ports were soon sealed to such importations from the North.
Attention was at once turned to the production of nitre in North Alabama and in Tennessee—in the latter State under the energetic supervision of its Ordnance Department.
An adequate supply of sulphur was found in New Orleans, where large quantities were in store to be used in sugar-refining.
The entire stock was se had to be learned.
As to a further supply of arms, steps had been taken by the President to import these and other ordnance stores from Europe; and Major Caleb Huse, a graduate of West Point, and at that moment professor in the University of Alabama, was selected to go abroad and secure them.
He left Montgomery under instructions early in April, with a credit of 10,000 (!) from Mr. Memminger.
The appointment proved a happy one; for he succeeded, with a very little money, in buying a good