Manufacture of war materials.
--We copy the following from the Savannah Republican, of Tuesday last:
We are pleased to see that the Confederate Government has taken steps for the immediate erection of works for the manufacture of the materials of war on a large scale.
, a highly eligible point, has been selected as the site, and it is designed to construct forthwith spacious buildings and suitable machinery for the manufacture of everything pertaining to ordnance, such as carriages, chaises, caissons, harness, &c., &c., and also others for the manufacture of gunpowder.
For the former purpose extensive additions are to be made to the Arsenal on the Sand Hills
, some three miles from the city.
We had an opportunity of inspecting, some days ago, in the office of Messrs. Fulton
, engineers and architects of this city, who have the work in charge, the drafts for the new improvements.
The machine works, when completed, will be 505 feet front, and 42 feet in depth.
The central building will be 65 feet square and two stories high; the end wings 100 feet in length, 30 feet deep, and two stories high.
Between these wings and the centre building, the gap, on either side, 190 feet, is filled with a range one story high and 42 feet deep.
In the rear of this main building is a large ware and storehouse, the length of the front building parallel with it, and 42 feet in depth, forming a rectangle of 440 feet by 60.
In the centre of the court-yard formed by the buildings, a chimney, 110 feet, will be erected for the purpose of carrying off smoke from the boiler fires, furnaces, forges, &c.
The machine works will comprise a harness shop, carpenter shops, manufactory of small arms, as well as everything pertaining to ordnance; the whole machinery to be of the most approved patterns and driven by an engine of seventy-five horse power. The roof will be covered with slate, laid on very strong truss framing.
The buildings will be constructed after the castellated form of architecture, and will present a most imposing appearance on so admirable a site.
The foundation was commenced on Wednesday last, and a large force will be put to work so as to complete it at the earliest day practicable.--It is estimated that a million two hundred thousand brick will be required to complete the improvement.
The work is in charge of Lieut. Col. Gill
, of the Confederate Army, and Mr. M. P. Muller
, of this city, is the engineer, a gentleman well accomplished in his profession.
The powder mills will also be a complete work of their kind.
They are to be located on the canal, about a mile and a half from the machine works, and will comprise a series of buildings, and their machinery, scattered along at intervals, over a space of a mile and a half.