War of the Rebellion: Serial 128 Page 0066 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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AT FORT HENRY.

32-pounder guns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

10-inch columbiad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

32-pounder rifle gun (burst in action). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Field pieces (two howitzers and one rifle 3-pounder). . . . . . . 6

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Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

General Huger reports that the only information of the supplied at Roanoke Island on record in the Department of Norfolk is contained in a report of Colonel Shaw, commanding, to Brigadier-General Wise, dated January 8, of which the following is a transcript:

The defense on Croatan Sound consist of four batteries, mounting in the aggregate thirty guns, all 32-pounders, as follows:

At Weir's Point, ten smooth-bore and two rifled guns. . . . . . . 12

At Pork Point, six smooth-bores and one rifled gun. . . . . . . . . 7

At Fort Blanchard, four smooth-bores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

At Redstone Point, seven smooth-bores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Not mounted, at Weir's Point, two 32-pounders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

At Midgett's Hommock, Roanoke Sound, two smooth-bore

32-pounders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Of light artillery there are three pieces-one 24-pounder howitzer, one 18-pounder Mexican, and one 6-pounder-all mounted on carriages with limbers, but no caissons.

AMMUNITION ON HAND.

Changes for 32-pounder guns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387

Round shot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,300

Rifle-shells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

Primers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300

Fixed ammunition for 24-pounder howitzers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Box percussion-wafers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Portfires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Powder (pounds). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

Stand of grape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315

Friction-primers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000

Percussion-primers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500

Junk-wads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Grommets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400

Canister (A powder). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Spherical case-shot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Slow-matches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

AMMUNITION FOR SMALL-ARMS.

Ball-cartridges for percussion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52,159

Ball-cartridges for percussion issued. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,578

Ball-cartridges for flint-lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,183

Balls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,320

Lead (pounds). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Percussion-caps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55,000

All this ammunition not used in the engagement was destroyed or captured. General Huger also reports that in addition to the above supplies, consisting of 1,500 pounds of cannon-powder and 300 32-shell and 32-pounder shot, were afterward procured by Major Williamson from Richmond and the navy-yard.

Captain E. P. Alexander reports that the only loss sustained in the retreat from Manassas was 1,500 rounds of artillery ammunition, and this was destroyed to lighten the loads.