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|Jeremy, in addition to what's being discussed here, you might want to check out Civil War Blunders by Clint Johnson. He touches on this subject in the 1861 section of the book, in fact it's in the last part of that section which is all about weapons. In effect, part of the reason sounds like a long time Army career man (Ripley was sixty-seven with forty-seven years of service when he took over the Ordnance Department in Apirl 1861 from Col. Henry K. Craig, who was three years his senior) who was resisting modernization.