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s containing a few small arms and a few old pieces of heavy ordnance.
There was scarcely any gunpowder except about sixty thousand pounds of old cannon-powder at Norfolk.
There was almost an entire lack of other ordnance stores — no saddles and bridles, no artillery harness, no accouterments, and very few of the minor articles reed for the equipment of an army.
There was a considerable number of heavy sea-coast guns at the fortified seaports, and others were seized on board men-of-war at Norfolk and among the stores of the Norfolk Navy-Yard.
The supply of field-pieces amounted to almost nothing.
The States owned a few modern guns, but the most of those sand-bag batteries bearing on Fort Pickens.
The Northern administration not only failed to take steps at the outset of the war to protect the great navy-yard at Norfolk, but it also surrendered that at Pensacola.
The former could have been retained had the incoming administration acted more promptly.
With the loss of these two