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Small arms.

At the formation of the government, or at the beginning of the war, the arms at command were distributed as follows, as nearly as I can recollect: [68]

At Richmond, Va. (about)4,000
Fayetteville Arsenal, North Carolina (about)2,00025,000
Charleston Arsenal, South Carolina (about)2,000 20,000
Augusta Arsenal, Georgia (about)3,00028,000
Mount Vernon Arsenal, Alabama2,000 20,000
Baton Rouge Arsenal, Louisiana2,00027,000

There were at Richmond about 60, 000 old, worthless flint muskets, and at Baton Rouge about 10,000 old Hall's rifles and carbines.

Besides the foregoing, there were at Little Rock, Ark., a few thousand stands, and some few at the Texas arsenals, increasing the aggregate of serviceable arms to, say, 143,000. To these must be added the arms owned by the several States and by military organizations throughout the country, giving, say, 150,000 in all for the use of the armies of the Confederacy. The rifles were of the calibre 54, known as Mississippi rifles, except those at Richmond, taken from Harper's Ferry, which were calibre 58; the muskets were the old flint-lock, calibre 69, altered to percussion. Of sabres there were a few boxes at each arsenal, and some short artillery swords. A few hundred holster pistols were scattered here and there. There were no revolvers.

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