ally, a report of the Committee on Military Affairs, of the House of Representatives, revealed some startling facts.
According to that report, so early as the 29th of December, 1859, Secretary Floyd had ordered the transfer of sixty-five thousand percussion muskets, forty thousand muskets altered to percussion, and ten thousand percussion rifles, from the armory at Springfield in Massachusetts, and the arsenals at Watervliet in New York, and Watertown in Massachusetts, to the arsenals at Fayetteville in North Carolina, Charleston in South Carolina, Augusta in Georgia, Mount Vernon in Alabama, and Baton Rouge in Louisiana; and these were distributed during the spring of 1860.
The distribution was as follows:--
percussion muskets. altered muskets. Rifles.
To Charleston Arsenal 9,280 5,720 2,000
To Fayetteville Arsenal 15,480 9,520 2,000
To Augusta Arsenal 12,380 7,620 2,000
To Mount Vernon Arsenal 9,280 5,720 2,000
To Baton Rouge Arsenal 18,580 11,420 2,000