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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 5: events in Charleston and Charleston harbor in December, 1860.--the conspirators encouraged by the Government policy. (search)
States and individuals over thirty-one thou. sand muskets, altered from flint to percussion, for two dollars and fifty cents each. The Committee on Military Affairs of the House of Representatives, in their report on this subject, on the 18th of February, 1861, said that, in their judgment, it would require a very liberal construction of the law to bring these sales within its provisions. On the very day when Major Anderson dispatched his letter above cited to the Adjutant-General, November 24. Floyd sold ten thousand of these muskets to G. B. Lamar, of Georgia; and only eight days before, November 16. he sold five thousand of them to the State of Virginia. With a knowledge of these facts, the Mobile Advertiser, one of the principal organs of the conspirators in Alabama, said, exultingly:--During the past year, one hundred and thirty-five thousand four hundred and thirty muskets have been quietly transferred from the Northern arsenal at Springfield alone to those in the South