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One day after the Virginia Convention voted to secede, the governor received a telegram notifying him that a company of militiamen from Nottoway County was in Petersburg and offering its services.
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"Hold themselves ready"

Telegram, T. H. Campbell to Governor John Letcher (dated "the 18th" and filed with documents received in the governor's office in April 1861), Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

T. H. Campbell telegraphed Governor John Letcher from Petersburg on April 18, 1861, to announce the arrival of a company of volunteers from Nottoway County. The governor received dozens of telegrams and letters similar to this during the second half of April 1861. The notation "DHK" may have been by the telegraph operator.

Telegram, T. H. Campbell to Governor John Letcher (dated "the 18th" and filed with documents received in the governor's office in April 1861), Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

Received at Richmond the 18th 1861 at _____ o'clock, ____ minutes. By telegraph from Petersburg To His Excellency John Letcher Governor of Va
A Company is here from Nottoway Commanded by Capt Owen who have offered their Services please inform me if you will accept them if not they will return home on tomorrow and hold themselves ready
T H Campbell
DHK