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    [Confederate Imprint]. General Josiah Gorgas' Personal Copy of The Ordnance Manual for the Use of the Officers of the United States Army with an Autograph Endorsement Signed. Charleston: Evans & Cogswell's Steam Power Presses, 1861. Second edition. 12mo, xx; 475 pages. Nineteen plates of illustrations in the rear. Half-bound in marbled paper and leather over boards. Titles in gilt on the spine. Clear dust jacket. Toned with scattered foxing and spots of staining.

    Pencil notations throughout are believed to be in the hand of Gorgas correcting typographical errors. In 1863 he had this book reprinted under his own name as The Ordnance Manual for the Use of the Officers of the Confederate States Army. On the front free endpaper, also believed to be in the hand of Gorgas, is written: "Headquarters Prov. Army / Charleston So Ca Oct 1st/61 / Ordnance Bureau / Charleston S.C. Nov 30th 1861." Directly below this inscription is a holographic copy of a circular letter from Gorgas regarding the "proper charges for Rifled Guns." With a Gorgas autograph endorsement signed, excised from a larger document to an overall size of 3" x 6.25", reading, "Such a corps would no doubt be valuable but must necessarily lead a very idle life except during period of active service. The institution of Ord. Sergts . . . was intended to execute this duty. / [signed] S. Gorgas / July 1/62."

    Josiah Gorgas (1818-1883), a native of Pennsylvania and one of the few Northern-born generals to serve in the Southern army, worked at practically every U.S. arsenal prior to the war and, as Confederate chief of ordnance, is credited with keeping the South properly supplied with weapons and ammunition throughout the conflict. He later became president of the University of Alabama.

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