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all the troops I could in such of our eastern counties. To this be consented, and under my authorities some four or five companies have been raised and the volunteering is still going on. The enrolling officers have, however, applied to me for instructions, thinking it their duty under orders to conscript all they find of the proper age and to prevent any more from volunteering. Having only a verbal understanding with His Excellency, I thought it best to lay the matter before you and have the written consent of the Department, so as to avoid any appearance of conflict and relieve the enrolling officers. The policy is so obvious that I need not dwell upon it. A large proportion can and have been obtained where it would be impossible to enforce the law. When it can be vigorously executed, of course, it is best that it should be done. Allow me to hope that it may not be inconvenient for you to give me an early reply.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

Z. B. VANCE.

ORDNANCE BUREAU,

Richmond, January 7, 1863.

Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: In reply to the accompanying resolution* of the House of Representatives of the Confederate States, transmitted to me by you, I have the honor to state that I have fixed the 1st day of September as the period to which my report is made. From some of the more remote arsenals and depots statements of fabrications and issues have not yet come in. The report is not, therefore, as full as could be desired.

Small arms (rifles, muskets, carbines, and pistols):

Fabricated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,349

Issued. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294,753

Remaining on hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,876

Infantry accountermets (sets):

Fabricated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248,006

Issued. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408,756

Remaining on hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,457

Infantry equipments:

Fabricated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,913

Issued. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252,415

Remaining on hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,579

Public armories:

Rifles, muskets, and carbines manufactured per month. . . . 2,050

Private armories:

Rifles, muskets, carbines, and pistols manufactured per

month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,550

Sabers manufactured per month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,500

Average cost of-

Rifle or musket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21. 50

Carbine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42. 50

Saber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18. 00

Other private armories are under contract, and it is expected that the supply will be increased from them 500 firearms per month during the present year.

The capacity of the public armories will also be increased and the new and large armory at Macon, Ga., it is hoped, will be in operation before the close of the year.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. GORGAS,

Colonel and Chief of Ordnance.

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* See Dixon to Davis, September 10, 1862, p. 80.

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