[MISSISSIPPI RIVER] 1852 PRINTED GOV DOC CASE OF MAJOR RIPLEY SPRINGFIELD ARMORY For Sale
[MISSISSIPPI RIVER] 1852 PRINTED GOV DOC CASE OF MAJOR RIPLEY SPRINGFIELD ARMORY:
[WAR] 1846 printed government document from the Secretary of WAR, W.L. Marcy, 326 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 in. Concerns court inquiry of the case of Major J.W. Ripley, Superintendent of the armory at Springfield. James Wolfe Ripley (1794-1870) was an American soldier who served as a brigadier general in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1861, he was selected to be the 5th Chief of Ordnance for the U.S. Army Ordnance Department. He was instrumental in the early days of the war in modernizing the artillery's ordnance. However, Ripley also delayed the introduction of repeating firearms, particularly the Gatling gun and the Spencer rifle, into U.S. arsenals, an act that has been widely criticized by later historians. Foxing throughout o/w VG.