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The Confederate Government moved the Harper's Ferry machinery from the rifle factory there to the Fayetteville arsenal and armory, together with thirty-five men, with their families, with Mr. Phillips Burkhart as master-armorer. The service of these skilled workmen was highly appreciated, as the work turned out by them was greatly needed by the troops in the field. About 500 splendid rifles were turned out monthly, with any amount of small-arm ammunition, and numbers of heavy-size gun-carriages for sea-coast defences, and many light artillery gun-carriages and caissons.

As this is a matter of history, as I understand it, it will not be amiss to give the names of these pioneers from Harper's Ferry, who left their homes and followed the Southern flag, and cast their lot with the Southern cause. They were patriots worthy of their names, and a roll of them should be preserved. There were six Englishmen, whose names I have been unable to get, who also deserve especial mention at my hands for similar service.


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