War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 0228 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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At arsenals. -Thirty-two pounder guns, 40; 24-pounder guns, 3; 24-pounder howitzers (for flank defense), 6, and 8 and 10 inch mortars, 5; total in fortifications and arsenals, 429.

Field pieces in store at forts. -Six-pounder guns, 14; 12-pounder howitzers, 9; 24-pounder howitzers, 1; mountain howitzers, 5, and 6-pounder rifled guns, 6; total on hand, 35.

Ordered and expected. -Six-pounder guns, 4; 12-pounder howitzers, 2; 6-pounder steel guns (rifled), 6, and rounds of projectiles for the above, 27,518.

Powder. -Cannon powder at forts and arsenals, 329,145 pounds; musket powder at forts and arsenals, 91,709 pounds, and rifle powder in forts and arsenals, 70,257; total powder in forts and arsenals, 491,091 pounds. Small-arms cartridges of all kinds and in store at arsenals, 3,200,000.

Small-arms in hands of troops and at arsenals. -Rifled muskets, 1,765; percussion muskets, 60,886; muskets altered to percussion, 19,556; muskets (flint-lock), 8,283; percussion rifles, 6,990; Hall rifles, 5,001; Colt rifles, 73; carbines, 735; percussion pistols, 2,408, and Colt pistols, 468; total, 106,165.

Swords, sabers, &c. -Cavalry sabers, 407; cavalry sabers (model of 1840), 808; horse artillery sabers, 499, and artillery swords, 344; total, 2,058.

A considerable portion of the above arms have been issued to troops in the several States. Returns from the various forts and arsenals are very imperfect and sometimes wholly wanting. The foregoing statements do not, therefore, exhibit the entire quantity of material on hand.


Major and Chief of Ordnance, C. S. Army.

[APRIL 20, 1861. -For Harris to Cameron, explaining grounds of action in refusing to comply with requisition of President Lincoln for militia from Tennessee, see Series III, VOL. I, p. 91.]


Montgomery, April 21, 1861.

J. P. WOOD, Esq.,

President Memphis and Ohio Railroad:

SIR: In compliance with the request of the Secretary of War, it gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th of April, inclosing the resolution passed by your Board of Directors to pass over the Memphis and Ohio Railroad all troops and munitions of war for the service of the Confederate States free of charge. It is truly gratifying to the Government, in the midst of its labors for the general defense of the Southern States against a perfidious and incendiary foe, to receive such evidences of self-sacrificing and fervent patriotism, and I cordially thank yourself and your directors in the name of this Department for your generous resolution.

With high consideration and respect, your obedient servant,