From the Richmond Enquirer, 2/8/1861
THE ARMORY. - Governor Letcher, accompanied by Col. Mumford, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and the Adjutant General, visited the Armory on Wednesday, and made a minute inspection of every department thereof.
The Governor and suite arrived at the Armory at half past nine o’clock, and were received in true military style by Captain Dimmock, Lieutenants Gay and Kerr, and the men under their command. The guard, headed by the Armory Band, were drawn up on the parade ground, and when the Governor made his appearance they presented arms, and when were reviewed by him, and subsequently passed in review in common and quick time. The review being over, the Lieutenant commanding the parade presented himself before the Governor to ascertain his further wishes, whereupon the Governor expressed himself much pleased, and said that he intended to present the command with a flag for the use of the Armory, for which the Lieutenant expressed his thanks.
As the Governor was on his way to the armory in company with Captain Dimmock and the officials above mentioned, he asked the Captain if he had a flag hoisted, to which the Captain replied he had received no orders about the flag he was to hoist, and thereupon the Governor said, I now give you the order to hoist the State flag, (an order which was promptly carried out, for Captain Dimmock having none such at hand, immediately sent to the Capitol and procured one, and before the Governor got through with his inspection the glorious banner of this glorious State was floating proudly in the breeze from the flag-staff over the main gate.)
When the inspection of the guard was over, the Governor
proceeded at once to an inspection of every department; he visited the office,
where he found the efficient clerk, Colonel Richardson engaged at his duties;
here he made an examination of some arms, then he went to the wing which is
being fitted up for machinery, and made careful inquiry into the progress of the
work and everything connected therewith; thence he proceeded to the Armorer’s
department, where he a cordial shake hands with Messrs. Barnes and Glenn, who
for many a long year have served the State as faithful, industrious and loyal
servants. He next visited the carriage shop, where carriages for various sized
guns and for the Howitzer Company are being built, and, by the way [?] they are
admirable specimens of Virginia workmanship. Next he inspected the wing which is
being gutted for the erection of a new [ ] and thence he went to the laboratory.
This department especially attracted his attention, for here were some dozen or
fifteen persons as busy as bees making up all sorts of ammunition for small arms
and great guns, and doing their work in a manner most systemic and highly
creditable to the Superintendent, Captain Dimmock. Having completed the tour of
inspection the Governor, accompanied by Col. Mumford and some officers of the
Guard proceeded to the Tredegar works to ascertain what progress was being made
in the manufacture of machinery for the armory, and
We were much pleased to see the Governor make so careful an examination of our military resources, for it is one of the things particularly essential now.
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