to meet successfully all the exigencies of the great war, and to keep supplies going out constantly to a tremendous army operating over a territory as large as Europe
And the quality of the Ordnance supplied had surpassed anything theretofore used in the armies of the world.
during the year ending June 30, 1863, over twenty thousand officers had been accountable to the Department for Ordnance and Ordnance stores, and over eighty thousand returns should have been made to the office of the chief of Ordnance
All of the accounts rendered for supplies had to be carefully checked, and this involved an immense amount of labor.
Many of the returns that were due were not submitted by officers in the field, however, their time being fully occupied with the sterner duties of war.
the activities of the Department required an expenditure for the next year of over $38,500,000. the supplies produced included 1760 pieces of Ordnance, 2361 artillery caissons and carriages, 802,525 small arms, 8,409,400 pounds of powder, nearly 1,700,000 projectiles for cannon, and nearly 169,500,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition, besides miscellaneous supplies.
In addition to this, large quantities of materiel were repaired after service in the field.
the capacity of the arsenals for the production of munitions was vastly increased, as far as the amount of the Congressional appropriations would permit.
By this time, the superiority of the articles fabricated in the Government
workshops had received unanimous recognition, and the increased facilities had enabled these factories to reduce the cost below that of private manufacture.
The Springfield Armory
could, by June 30, 1864, turn out three hundred thousand of the finest muskets in the world, annually, and the arsenal at Rock Island, Illinois
, was under construction, and promised a great addition to the capacity of the Ordnance Department.
There were, in the hands of troops in the field, one and one-quarter million small arms, and the stock on hand in the armories and