1861 USA Civil War 2 letters Springfield Armory to Providence Tool

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Two letters from November 1861, written by employee of the Springfield Armory, located in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to Frederick W. Howe, head of the Providence Tool Company of Rhode Island. Seeking employment.

Providence began weapons manufacturing in 1861. Written 6 months after the start of the Civil War.

Letter #1 November 5th 1861

Springfield Nov 5th 1861
Mr F. W. Howe Prov. RI
Dear Sir
I have left the Armory & shall leave for your place as soon as I can pack my goods.& get my pay, which will be on Thursday or Friday I think unless I hear to the contrary from you.
Yours in haste

Letter #2 November 14th 1861

Friend Howe
I wrote you a letter some time since and as yet have not received any answer . Do not know whether you received it or not- making some inquiry about business.
As business with me has been some what changed with in a few days sets me at liberty to serve other —The Rebel war has killed all trade in the Custom --- trade. Therefore my job is suspended for the present.
And being told to day by a Gentleman from Spring filed that you were in want of help. I thought I could write you on the subject
Respectfully yours
B.L. Moulton

Each letter has embossed paper maker logo UL corner.


8" x 5" 

The Springfield Armory, located in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, was the primary center for the manufacture of United States military firearms from 1777 until its closing in 1968. It was the first federal armory and one of the first factories in the United States dedicated to the manufacture of weapons.

…With the destruction of the Harpers Ferry Armory early in the American Civil War, the Springfield Armory was briefly the only government manufacturer of arms, until the Rock Island Arsenal was established in 1862. During this time production ramped up to unprecedented levels ever seen in American manufacturing up until that time, with only 9,601 rifles manufactured in 1860, rising to a peak of 276,200 by 1864.


Providence Tool Company

The company is known for its ammunition production. However, in its early years, it primarily made hammers, pick axes, marlinspikes, nuts, and bolts. In 1856 it merged with the Providence Forge and Nut Company. The Providence Tool Company was successful in supplying machine parts and tools across the nation.

The Civil War created a demand for companies to make munitions for the Union army. The Providence Tool Company took up the call and began weapons manufacturing in 1861. The Company hired Frederick W. Howe, a former supervisor at the Robbins and Lawrence Armory in Windsor, Vermont, to help start the manufacturing of arms.