From the Richmond Dispatch, 4/27/1861
Richmond, April 26, 1861
B. F. Ficklin, Q. M.
It is necessary and important that the railroads in Richmond and Petersburg should be connected so as to give increased facilities fur the transmission of troops and supplies.
You will see the proper authorities and request the necessary arrangements to be made for this object.
(signed) H. Heth
Lieut. Col. & Act'g Quartermaster
This arrangement must be carried out.
(signed) John Letcher
Governor of Virginia