Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Milltary Resources of the South

Here is another May 25, 1861 article from the Covington Journal

A common desire to know the resources of the Confederate States for arms and munitions of war, will be gratified to some extent by the following statement.

The Anderson Works, near Richmond, Va., are working their furnaces night and day, casting Dahlgren guns and Columbiads of the heaviest calibre and most approved finish.

The Tredegar Works, near Richmond, are busily employed in casting hollow shot and shell.

The machine shops of the Atlantic and North Carolina R.R. near Newbern, N.C., have been transformed into an arsenal, where several hundred hands are now employed in altering muskets and casting shot and shell. The work is said to be very superior.

There is a foundry near Petersburg, engaged in casting mortars and cannon. A mortar from this foundry, weighing 5,750 lbs., was used at the bombardment of Sumter.

The works at Harper's Ferry turn out two hundred rifles a day.

There is a percussion cap factory at Nashville, and another at Raleigh.

Shot, shell and other projectiles, are cast at Nashville, Natchez and Memphis.

There are cannon foundries in New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis, Savannah and Florence.

Powder is made at various points in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

An arsenal for the manufacture of small arms is about to be established at Holly Springs, Miss. It is well understood that there is now no lack of small arms in the South.

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