ORDNANCE OFFICE, Washington, November 16, 1861.
SIR: In answer to the letter [following] of the Hon. John P. Hale, chairman of the committee of the Senate, which you referred to this office, I have the honor to report that the U. S. Armory at Harper’s Ferry was established in the year 1796.
The amount expended on the same is–-
|For land purchased at different times||$45,477|
|For improvements thereon for water-power, canals, embankments, walls, and water privileges, and for hydraulic machinery and buildings of an kinds||1,787,430|
|Total, exclusive of the amount expended in the manufacture and repair of arms||1,832,907|
The latest annual inventory of the property belonging to the United States at that armory is dated June 30, 1860, in which the value of all the property on hand at that date is appraised as follows, viz:
|1,6691 acres of land||$37,457|
|Mill-dams, canals, water-powers, and hydraulic machinery||233,279|
|Forges, rolling-mills, machine-shops, storehouses, dwellings, and other buildings||341,221|
|Amount of real estate||611,957|
|Machines used in workshops||$270,235|
|Tools used in service||109,560|
|Unwrought materials on hand||100,043|
|Parts of arms in progress||93,573|
|20,507 arms of different models in store||285,145|
|Total appraised value June 30, 1860||1,470,513|
By the latest returns received at this office from the armory, it appears that the number of arms in store when the armory was destroyed in April, 1861, was reduced to 4,287, the value of which was about $64,000.
We may assume that the quantity and value of all other property than the arms in store remained without material change from June, 1860, to April, 1861. The diminished number of arms in store at the latter date reduces that item in the inventory from $285,145 to $164,300, and the total appraised value of all the property from $1,470,513 to $1,207,668.
Hon. SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War.
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Vol. II. With additions and corrections. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902.