The Augusta powder-mills and arsenal were then commenced, and no less than 7,000 lbs. of powder are now made every day in the powder manufactory.
The cost to the Government of making the powder is only four cents a pound.
The saltpetre (nine-tenths of which runs the blockade from England) cost formerly seventy-five cents, but has latterly been more expensive.
In the construction of the powder-mills, Colonel Rains told me he had been much indebted to a pamphlet by Major Bradley of Waltham Abbey.
At the cannon foundry, one Napoleon 12-pounder is turned out every two days; but it is hoped very soon that one of these guns may be finished daily.
The guns are made of a metal recently invented by the Austrians, and recommended to the Confederate Government by Mr. Mason.
They are tested by a charge of ten pounds of powder, and by loading them to the muzzle with bolts.
Two hundred excellent mechanics are exempted from the conscription, to be employed at the mills.