ey should be of standard caliber to take the Government ammunition, and that the stocks, barrels, locks, and other essential parts should be of the strongest quality.
Otherwise, the matter of acceptance or rejection was left in the hands of the inspector.
The greatest difficulty was experienced in securing iron for the manufacture of small arms and cannon.
Up to August, 1862, a sufficient quantity of American iron could not be procured, and the department was forced to buy abroad.
On August 8th of that year, the Secretary of War was informed by the chief of ordnance that the use of American iron was what the ordnance officers were striving for without success.
The Diversity of the Federal ordnance — Wiard gun batteries
This view of the Washington Arsenal yard shows three batteries of Wiard steel guns.
This was only one of many types which added to the complexity of the armaments of the Federal ordnance.
It is recorded that the artillery with Rosecrans's Army February 8,