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e order of President Davis, were wonderfully successful and never met with serious accident—a safe indication of the goodness of its arrangements.
It showed, too, that under able direction the resources of Southern workshops and the skill of its artisans had already become equal to the execution of great enterprises involving high mechanical skill.
The arsenal and workshops at Charleston were also enlarged, steam introduced, and good work done in various departments.
The arsenal at Mount Vernon, now furnished with steam power and having a good deal of machinery, was considered out of position after the fall of New Orleans, and was moved to Selma, Ala., where it grew into a large, well-ordered arsenal of the best class, under the charge of Lieutenant-Colonel White.
It was relied on to a great extent for the equipment of the troops and fortifications in the southern part of the Confederacy.
Attracted by the deposits of fine ore immediately north of Selma, made accessible by th