From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/6/1861, p. 2

Military Appointments. - 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. Col. of do.; Stapleton Crutchfield, Major of do.; Thomas H. Williamson, Lieut. Col. 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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