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GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 7. Montgomery, May 7, 1861.

In honor of the official announcement of the secession of the States of Arkansas and Tennessee, and their adherence to this Confederacy, a salute of ten guns for each will be immediately fired in front of the Government building.

By command of the Secretary of War:

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

Statement of small-arms on hand at the different arsenals when taken possession of by the several States.

Names of Rifle Musk Muskets Musket Harper Colt

arsenals. musket ets, percussi s, 's rifle

s, U. rifl on, new flint. Ferry s.

S. ed, and rifles

model. cali altered. .

ber,

69.

Baton Rouge. 1,099 972 29,222 8,283 2,158 73

Mount 20 . a 17,370 . 2,032 .

Vernon.

Charleston. 646 . 18,723 . 2,800 .

Augusta. . . 20,000 . 2,000 .

Little Rocks . . . . . .

(reported).

Fayetteville . . . . . .

(reported).

Total. 1,765 972 85,315 8,283 8,990 73

Names of Hall Carbine Pistol Colt Total.

arsenals. rifles s, s, pistol

various percus s.

pattern sion.

s.

Baton Rouge. 2,287 735 2,075 468 47,372

Mount . . 33 . 19,455

Vernon.

Charleston. . . 300 . 22,469

Augusta. 714 . . . 22,714

Little Rocks . . . . 10,000

(reported).

Fayetteville . . . . 37,000

(reported).

Total. 3,001 735 2,408 468 159,010

A portion of the arms at the arsenal had already been removed at the date of the report rendered. Of cartridges for small-arms, there are on hand at all the arsenals, number 3,200,000. Of musket and rifle power, there are now on hand, pounds, 168,000. (This amount of power will make 1,500,000 cartridges.) Of cannon-power, the supply is nearly all the forts, with a small quantity in reserve. Of fixed ammunition for field batteries, there is enough at Baton Rouge alone to supply ten batteries of six guns each. Of percussion-caps, there are here (750,000 belonging to this State) over 2,000,000, and there are a good many at the arsenals and bundled with the cartridges. It is understood that the State of Georgia has 150 tons of saltpeter, with proportionate quantity of sulphur, this will make quite 200 tons of power.

J. GORGAS,

Major and Chief of Ordnance,

MAY 7, 1861.

Hon. F. S. BARTOW,

Chairman Committee of Military Affairs.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Montgomery, Ala., May 7, 1861.

Hon. HOWELL COBB,

President of the Congress:

SIR: In answer to the inquiry contained in the resolution adopted by the Congress May 4, asking whether " any measures have been taken to promote and induce manufactures of arms and of power within the States of this Confederacy or elsewhere," I have to state that until recently reliance was naturally placed on extensive orders to Northern factories of powder for a supply of that material. As soon, however, as it became evident that this resource could no longer be relied on, the attention of the Department was turned toward obtaining supplies of saltpeter, the only mineral constituent of powder which could be obtained from the soil of this country. Information having reached me that deposit of nitrous earth existed in