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Chapter 3: Commissioners to purchase arms and ammunition my letter to Captain Semmes resignations of officers of United States Navy our Destitution of accessories for the supply of naval vessels Secretary Mallory food supplies the commissariat Department the Quartermaster's Department the disappearance of delusions the supply of powder saltpeter sulphur artificial niter beds services of General G. W. Rains destruction at Harpers Ferry of machinery the master Armorer
o ships of war. These efforts and their results will be noticed more fully hereafter.
It may not be amiss to remark here that if the anticipations of our people were not realized, it was not from any lack of the zeal and ability of Secretary of the Navy Mallory.
As was heretofore stated, his fondness for and aptitude in nautical affairs had led him to know much of vessels, their construction and management, and, as chairman of the Committee on United States Naval Affairs, he had superadded