From the Richmond Enquirer, 4/27/1861, p. 2, c. 3
CAMP OF INSTRUCTION AT THE CENTRAL FAIR GROUNDS.
The following companies are stationed at the Fair Grounds:
Lexington Cadets, 175 men, commanded by Maj. Colston, and armed with the smoothbore percussion musket.
Company A, 83d Regiment, 100 men, commanded by Capt. Atkinson, armed with the percussion musket.
Hanover Grays, 44 men, commanded by Capt. Talley, armed with the percussion musket.
Paineville Rifles, 87 men, Capt. Miller, armed with the percussion musket.
Ashland Grays, 53 men, Capt. Tucker, armed with the percussion musket.
Henrico Southern Guard, 67 men, Captain Childrey, armed with the percussion musket.
Patrick Henry Rifles, 57 men, Capt. Dabney, armed with the percussion musket.
Company A, Danville Battalion, 77 men, Capt. Claiborne, armed with the percussion musket.
The above companies constitute the 1st Battalion of Volunteers, under command of Maj. Withers, of the Danville Battalion; Lieut. Edwards, Acting Adjutant.
SECOND BATTALION OF VOLUNTEERS.
Company A, 17th Regiment of Volunteers, 60 men, Capt. Harrison, armed with the Minnie musket.
Nottoway Grays, 65 men, Capt. Connally, armed with the Minnie musket.
Nottoway Rifle Guard, 51 men, Captain Owen, armed with the Minnie musket.
Surgeon, Dr. Blackburn. No Major has yet been appointed to this Battalion.
Company B., Chesterfield Cavalry, 61 men, Captain Ball. Armed with U. S. sabers and pistols.
FIELD AND STAFF.
The following are the officers at the camp of instruction:
Colonel Gilham, Colonel commanding.
The enthusiasm which pervades the rank and file of all these companies, is very great. All are desirous of receiving orders for an immediate march. Many of these companies are well drilled and perfectly efficient; some of them seem as if a bullet would have little effect in stopping them, if once ordered to “charge.”
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