From his headquarters at Main Street's City Tavern.
Arnold wrote a letter to Jefferson, saying that if he could move the city's tobacco stores and military arms to his ships, he would leave Richmond unharmed
Jefferson's response was livid, refusing that a turncoat do anything to Richmond's supplies.
Upon receiving the letter the next day on January 6, Arnold was enraged, and ordered Richmond to be set to the torch.
When the news of Richmond's destruction reached Jefferson, he was aghast. Arnold's British force had entered Virginia's very capital, unopposed, and had singlehandedly defiled it.
The Governor called his friend, Sampson Mathews, the Colonel of the Virginia militia, and ordered him to assault Arnold's forces. Mathews built up a group of around 200 militiamen, and embarked hastily to catch and damage Arnold's slow-moving army near Richmond.