Report of operatives, Whites and slaves, needed, no. 3.
Report of operations (White and slave) made. (Copy.)
C. S. A. War Department, Ordnance Bureau, Richmond, February 2d, 1865.Honorable J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War: Sir — in answer to the following extract of a resolution of the Senate of the 24th May, * * * “First: with information as to the number of white men between the ages of 18 and 45, and of the number of negroes who in addition to their own officers May be required for the necessary employment and the proper discharge of the functions of the Department of * * the Ordnance Bureau * * ,” I have the honor to submit that there were borne on the rolls of this Department on the 1st October, 1864, 3,433 white men, between the ages of 18 and 45, including contractors and their employees. General order no. 82 reduced this number to 2,691, turning over to the enrolling officers 742. of this number thus turned over, full one-half were mechanics of the classes now needed to push our work. There must be returned say 400. this will leave the working force at the arsenals less by about 342 men than on the 1st of October, but will suffice. In addition, in order to raise the product of our armories in time to 55,000 arms per annum, 800 good mechanics must be added — say that three-fourths of them will be white men, between the ages of 18 and 45, and the total required thus will be--
|number in workshops December 31||2,691|
|number of them taken by General order to be returned||400|
|number to be added for additional product of arms||600|
|White men, between the ages of 18 and 45 (excepting officers),||3,691|
J. Gorgas, Brigadier-General, Chief of Ordnance.