and foreign make.
All the latter were being sold as fast as suitable prices could be obtained, and Ordnance stores of a perishable nature were also being disposed of.
all the Southern
arsenals that had been in the hands of the Confederate forces were reoccupied by the Union
authorities, except that at Fayetteville, North Carolina
, which had been destroyed.
The Confederates also had a powder-mill at Augusta, Georgia
, and a laboratory and an unfinished armory at Macon, Georgia
These had been captured, and were occupied by the Federal
the evident importance of arming permanent fortifications as fast as they were built, required the construction of cannon and carriages for that purpose as far as the appropriations would permit.
The construction of the forts had proceeded faster than the equipment of them, on account of the difficulty in finding suitable cannon to meet the increasingly exacting conditions of warfare.
Wooden carriages had been used for many sea-coast guns, but the increased size and power of these weapons had surpassed the strength of the old carriages, and at the close of the war the Ordnance Department was confronted with the problem of replacing all the old carriages and making iron carriages for the guns then in process of construction.
Cast-iron smooth-bore cannon of the largest caliber had been found entirely practicable.
The rifled guns had not proved as efficient, however.
Up to that time no rifled guns had been built that would fulfil all the requirements of service, and many Ordnance experts had concluded that the type was impracticable.
Wrought-iron guns had been tried and found to be failures, and it was decided that no more of them would be bought or made.
experiments that were carried on at Fort Monroe
to test the power and endurance of 8-and 10-inch rifled guns of cast iron, made by the Department, were, however, highly satisfactory, and warranted the belief that cast-iron guns of these calibers might be introduced into the service with safety and