A male Cook, (free colored,) to cook for a mess of young men in a Richmond light artillery company with Gen. Lee's army. References as to honesty required. Apply to...
Benj H Smith,
A A Q M General's Office,
Corner 11th and Main streets. "
Isn't B. H. smith, Jr., Captain of the old 3rd Company of the old Richmond Howitzers Battalion? At this time 3rd Company Richmond Howitzers was assigned to the 1st Virginia Artillery. If so, then here's one direct reference to the subject at hand.