munitions of War had only commenced their development, yet their extent could be inferred from the tabular extract which he presented, showing the enormous quantities furnished since the beginning of the War
the excellence of arms and munitions of American manufacture which had been supplied by the ordnance department of the army had been so obvious that the soldiers were no longer willing to use those imported from other countries.
The efforts that had been made to improve these supplies had resulted in discoveries of great importance to the country, alike in peace and War. Among such improvements was to be noted the art of working wrought iron so that it excelled the best produced abroad.
in regard to arming the militia of the States, the Secretary of War
noted in his report for 1863 that, under the law of 1808, still in force, the sum of two hundred thousand dollars was allotted annually for that purpose.
Of course, this amount was entirely insufficient in the stress of War, and he recommended that, for the time being, the appropriation be increased to two million dollars annually, until all the States could be supplied according to population in the same proportion of arms that had already been issued to some of the States.
the chief of ordnance
, in his report for the same year, called attention to the fact that the supply of guns and carriages was much less than it should be. However, an immense amount of material, embracing iron and woodwork for artillery carriages, and implements, projectiles, and ammunition of all kinds, bullets for small-arms, cartridges, equipments, and accouterments had been prepared and advanced to different stages toward completion at the arsenals.
Also, a large number of artillery carriages and small arms of every type, which had been disabled in the field, had been repaired.
experience by that time had proved the fallacy of depending in any measure on private manufacture of ordnance materiel.
It was impossible for the dealers to control the