1855 ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT REPORT ON RIFLED INFANTRY ARMS;
JOSIAH GORGAS, CHIEF OF ORDNANCE, CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY:
An original printing of the 1855 Report on Rifled
Infantry Arms written by J. Schon, a Captain in the
Royal Saxon Army and translated by Josiah Gorgas after
returning from his tour of the Ordnance facilities of
the European powers in the mid 1850's.
Gorgas, then a
US Army Ordnance officer was a member of the "Crimea
Commission" ordered by Sec War Jefferson Davis, and which
included George McClellan. Gorgas resigned his
commission at the onset of the Civil War and became the CSA
Chief of Ordnance.
This report is a 9" x 11.5" format
and is 53 pages long, plus 13 fold out plates. This was
the study leading to the development and adoption by the
US Army of the 1855 and 1861 Springfield Rifled Muskets
and the Minie Bullet.
This document was apparently part
of a larger volume and as such there are no hard
covers. All the pages are intact and legible. A real
nice, early Ordnance document with a firm historical
context and association with some well known