fluctuation in the market of labor and raw material, even if they so desired, and no private establishment could afford to carry on hand a large stock of Ordnance stores such as would meet possible demands from the Government
Warned by repeated failures to procure supplies, the chief of Ordnance
had taken energetic measures, as far as the funds appropriated would permit, to enlarge the principal arsenals, viz.: Watertown, Massachusetts
, West Troy, New York
; Allegheny, Pennsylvania
; St. Louis, Missouri
, and Benicia, California
owing to the development of the resources of the United States
, less material had been purchased abroad during the year ending June 30, 1863, than at previous periods of the war, and the Ordnance Department determined that still less should be acquired in Europe
in the future.
The only articles of which there appeared to be a possible lack were sulphur and saltpeter.
During the year the reserve supply of saltpeter had been held intact, and all the powder necessary had been purchased, while the supply of sulphur had been augmented.
in the matter of small arms, the country, by June 30, 1863, was entirely independent.
The supply from the Springfield Armory
alone was capable of equipping two hundred and fifty thousand troops a year, and the private manufacturers were fully able to supply two hundred and fifty thousand more.
Of carbines for cavalry, the capacity of established factories under contract with the Government
was at least one hundred thousand annually, and of pistols not less than three hundred thousand.
the duties of officers commanding armories and arsenals and their responsibilities were almost without limitation, involving the control and disbursement of vast quantities of the public money, and the supervision of almost every branch of the mechanic arts.
The Department, due to the untiring energies of its personnel, both commissioned and enlisted, aided by the large body of civilian employees in service, had been able