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John Leighton Stuart
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 389 pages of information about Paris under the Commune.

(Signed) “MACMAHON, Due de Magenta, Marshal of France,
Commander-in-Chief.”

On the 28th of May the war of the Communists was at an end, but the fort of Vincennes was still occupied by three hundred National Guards, with eighteen of their superior officers and fifteen of the high functionaries of the Commune; They made an appeal to the commander of the Prussian forces in front of the fort, in the hope of obtaining passports for Switzerland.  General Vinoy, hearing of this, took at once the most energetic measures, and at six o’clock on the 29th of May the last defenders of Vincennes surrendered at discretion.

XVI

The amount of the extraordinary expenses of the Versailles was, at the rate of three millions of francs a day, 216 millions from the 18th March to the 28th May.  The list of artillery implements removed from the arsenals of Douai, Lyon, Besancon, Toulon, and Cherbourg, and forwarded to Versailles from the 18th March to the 21st May, comprise—­

     80 cannons of 0.16m (6 in. 299/1000 diameter) from the War Arsenal
     60 " " " from the Marine Arsenal
     10 " of 0.22m (8 in. 661/1000 diameter) Marine.
    110 Rifled long 24-pounders.
     30 Rifled short 24-pounders.
     80 Rifled siege 12-pounders.
      3 Mortars of 0.32m (12 in. 598/1000 diameter).
     15 Mortars of 0.27m (10 in. 629/1000 diameter).
     15 Mortars of 0.22m (8 in. 661/1000 diameter).
     40 Mortars of 0.15m (5 in. 905/1000 diameter).
     —–­
Total 393 artillery siege pieces.

Ammunition received at Versailles—­

Shells of    0.16m (marine). . . .  73,000
"          0.22m    "  . . . . .  10,000
"          0.24m (rifled). . . . 140,000
"        for 12-pounder (rifled)  80,000
Bombs of     0.32m . . . . . . . .   1,000
"          0.27m . . . . . . . .   7,000
"          0.22m . . . . . . . .   7,000
"          0.15m . . . . . . . .  30,000
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Total    348,000

The stock of gunpowder amounted to 400 tons.

Up to the 21st of May, the artillery received 20 tons a day, and on that day 50 tons were forwarded to the besieging army.

Up to the 21st of May, the field ordnance consisted of—­

36 batteries of 4-pounders.
18 " 12-pounders.
4 " 7-pounders (breech-loaders).
12 " of mitrailleuses.
—­

Total 70 batteries, 63 of which were provided with horses (7 being in store).

The ammunition service consisted of—­

  80 tumbrels (calibre 12), each containing 54 charges.
  30 " (calibre 7), " 90 "
 120 " (calibre 4) " 120 "
  55 " of mitrailleuses " 243 "
5000 cases of ammunition (for calibre 12), containing 49,000 charges. 600 " (for calibre 4), " 12,000 " 2000 " (for calibre 7), " 20,000 " 1000 " for mitrailleuses " 30,000 "
  16 millions of Chassepot cartridges, and
   2 millions of Remington cartridges.

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