country overtaxed these sources of supply, and the Ordnance Department promptly met the requisitions of the chief of artillery of the Army of the Potomac by enlarging, as far as possible, their own arsenals and armories.
The use of contract work was in some instances the cause of the introduction of faulty materiel; and the loss of field-guns on several
The only Union battery that fired on Yorktown
This photograph of May, 1862, shows Federal Battery No. 1 in front of Yorktown.
On May 3, 1862, all of McClellan's encircling guns, with the exception of two batteries, were waiting to open fire, and those two would have been ready in six hours more — when the Confederates evacuated the works defending the city.
Fire was actually opened, however, only from this one.
It was armed with two 200-pounder and five 100-pounder Parrott rifled guns.
The garrison was one company of the famous First Connecticut Artillery, under Captain Burke.
It was a great disappointment to the Federal a