From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/17/1862, p. 1, c. 7

NEGROES CONDEMNED TO BE HUNG. – Two negroes, one for committing a rape on a lady, and the other for attempting to commit rape, were tried, convicted, and condemned to death at the sitting of the Chesterfield Court on Monday. Stoked Martin, slave to Wm. E. Martin, was condemned to be hung on the 15th of August, for committing rape on the person of Mrs. Rudd, of Chesterfield. The other was the case of John, for attempting to commit rape on the person of Mrs. Corse. He was condemned to be hung also, but the sentence was commuted to transportation. He is also a slave. Both cases occurred in the neighborhood of the coal pits.

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