Escalating complaints to the United States War Department about ineffectual ordnance management by the Corps of Artillery, coupled with the rapid technological evolution of innovative small arms systems and radical manufacturing techniques, prompted Congress to pass the act of April 5, 1832, which resurrected an independent Ordnance Department. Elevated a grade in rank and appointed Chief of Ordnance on May 30 was Lieutenant Colonel George Bomford, USA (1780-1848).
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