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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 312,691
number of them taken by General order to be returned400
number to be added for additional product of arms600

this would give us a total of 258 more workmen than we had October 1, 1864, but would raise the product of arms from 20,000 to 55,000 (in time). the number of negroes on the rolls of the Department during the past year is 830; add to them, say 1,000 in the employ of contractors, of which there are no returns in the office, making 1,830 negroes. An addition of fifty per cent. Should be made to that part of the force employed at the arsenals, &c., in order that as much as possible May be done with labor of this description, making 1,245 as the number needed at these establishments. This estimate is reduced to the smallest figures with which the operations of the Bureau can be successfully carried on.


White men, between the ages of 18 and 45 (excepting officers),3,691

Very respectfully,


J. Gorgas, Brigadier-General, Chief of Ordnance.

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