Logistics and the Army

Logistics Part Four: Ordinance

Logistics and the Continental Army

A Review in Four Parts

Part Four: Ordinance

by Joe Wagner

Logistics:  “. . . the branch of military science dealing with

the procurement, maintenance, and movement

of equipment, supplies, and personnel.”


Organization of Continental Ordinance

The purpose of ordinance activities in the 18th century was to provide forces in the field with the weapons and ammunition to carry on the fight.  While the focus was mostly on artillery needs, the term and the activities included provision and repair of muskets and other individual arms, preparation of ammunition for muskets, and supplying all the materials and accoutrements necessary to maintain the army’s fighting capabilities.