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Virginia in the American Civil War

Library of Virginia collections pertaining to the American Civil War

Armament & Supplies

The American Civil War introduced many inventions that heralded a change in warfare, including metallic rifle and pistol cartridges, repeating rifles and carbines, and ironclad ships. When the war broke out, the Confederacy captured most of their artillery from Union armories, such as Harpers Ferry. Confederate arsenals and munitions works were later established in a number of Southern cities, including Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond.

Library of Virginia collections include records of state agencies, such as the Virginia Ordnance Department and Office of the Adjutant General of Virginia, and private industry, such as Tredegar Iron Works.

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Use the following suggested keywords to search the LVA Catalog:

  • Confederate States of America Army Equipment and supplies
  • Confederate States of America Army Firearms
  • United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Equipment and supplies
  • Virginia Auditing Board
  • Virginia Commissary Dept.
  • Virginia History Civil War, 1861-1865 Equipment and supplies
  • Virginia Ordnance Dept.
  • Virginia Quartermaster's Dept.
  • Weapons Industry Virginia

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