cast-iron field-guns were successfully used.
These received a reenforcement of wrought iron shrunk around the base.
A considerable number of the bronze Napoleon
guns were, however, retailed, and did effective service at short ranges.
for heavier Ordnance cast iron was early found to be the most suitable material, and proved entirely satisfactory until the adoption of the rifled systems.
The American smooth-bore type of Ordnance was the best in the world.
In 1860, the Ordnance Department adopted Colonel Rodman
's method of interior cooling of a hollow cast tube, and in 1863 the extreme effort was made to produce a heavy gun, resulting in a successful 20-inch smooth-bore throwing a shot weighing 1080 pounds. The heavy rifled guns of the Civil War
period were somewhat untrustworthy, however, and many accidents resulted.
In consequence, their use was limited principally to those built on the Parrott principle, and the great mass of the heavy artillery used by the Union
armies was of the smooth-bore type.
the expenditures of the Government
on account of the Ordnance Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1863, were over $42,300,000. the principal purchases that were made during the year consisted of 1577 field-, siege-, and sea-coast cannon, 1,082,841 muskets, 282,389 carbines and pistols, over 1,250,000 cannon-balls and shells, over 48,700,000 pounds of lead, and over 259,000,000 cartridges for small arms, in addition to nearly 6,000,000 pounds of powder.
these purchases were made necessary by the fact that the arsenals and armories under the direct control of the Department were not able to produce all of this immense quantity of War materiel.
But the progress toward obtaining greater facilities for the production of these supplies was very great.
The Secretary of War
, in his report of the operations of the War Department for 1863, made note especially of the tremendous work done by the Ordnance officers and the personnel under their direct charge.
He stated that the resources of the country for the production of arms and