Preparations for Arming the State.
--The bills recently passed by the Legislature for raising a million of dollars for purposes of State defence, for the issuing of Treasury notes in order to raise the amount, and for the creation of an Ordnance Department, were all war measures and were rightly construed into meaning that the State
through its constituted authorities would see that she was prepared for any emergency, which might arise out of the present complication of affairs.
A vast deal of work has been done towards putting the State
in the best possible condition as regards her ability to occupy an offensive or defensive position.--Under the superintendence and direction of the capable head of the Ordnance Department, the people may rest contented that everything will be done to save her honor, should the "clash of resounding arms" summon the people from their repose to meet the issue of a strife between the two sections of the Confederacy
The head of the Ordnance Department is at present engaged in making out an estimate of what Virginia
wants, in order to enable her to take the field with a corps of 15,000 men, with a view to systematize the necessary arrangements, and have everything ready for use when wanted.
In a few months the Armory
will be ready for the manufacturing of thousands of death-dealing muskets.