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The Commonwealth of Virginia

To W. H. Taylor. Greeting:

            Know you, That from special trust and confidence reposed in your fidelity, courage and good conduct, our GOVERNOR, in pursuance of the authority vested in him by an Ordinance of the Convention of the State of Virginia, doth commission you an

Assistant Adjutant General, with the rank of Captain

in the Provisional Army of the State of Virginia, to rank as such from the 31st day of May 1861

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed my name as

Governor, and caused the Seal of the Commonwealth to

be affixed, this 31st day of May 1861

John Letcher


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.257

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 11