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.