From the Richmond Dispatch, 6/5/1861, p. 2

Good Workmen. - The Superintendent of the hands at Marion Hill gives a most favorable report of the way Col. Pendleton's hands handle the "pick, shovel and hoe." Being recently off duty on Railroad work, they of course can do twice as much as the town darkies, though the latter do the best they know how, and work with a will.

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