From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/6/1861, p. 2
- Governor Letcher has made the following excellent appointments to posts in the
Provisional Army of Virginia: Francis H. Smith, Col.
of Artillery; Thos. L. Preston, Lieut.
of do.; Stapleton Crutchfield, Major of do.; Thomas H. Williamson, Lieut.
of Engineers. We believe all of these gentlemen have been, or are connected
officially with the Virginia Military Institute. They are thoroughly conversant
with the duties of the positions to which they have been assigned. The Southern
States have at least one advantage over their “Northern brethren” - they
have good and true men marshaled by accomplished and gallant officers.
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