mpanies did, however, possess some serviceable batteries.
But there were neither harness, saddles, bridles, blankets, nor other artillery or cavalry equipments.
To furnish one hundred fifty thousand men, on both sides of the Mississippi, in May, 1861, there were no infantry accoutrements, no cavalry arms or equipment, no artillery, and above all, no ammunition; nothing save arms, and these almost wholly the old pattern smooth-bore muskets, altered to percussion from flintlocks.
Within thshed at Richmond.
The arsenals were making preparations for furnishing ammunition and knapsacks; generally, however, what little was done in this regard was for local purposes.
Such was the general condition of ordnance and ordnance stores in May, 1861.
The progress of development, however, was steady.
A refinery of saltpeter was established near Nashville during the summer, which received the niter from its vicinity, and from the caves in East and Middle Tennessee.
Some inferior powder