From the Richmond Dispatch, 5/15/1863, p. 2, c. 3

FIFTY DOLLARS REWARD. – Ran away from the subscriber’s farm, in Henrico county, on the 9th inst, a negro man named JOHN. Said negro is about 23 years old, 5 feet 9 or 10 inches in height, of good size, black, with thick lips, and has a crooked leg – the knee joint bent inwards. He was hired for several years past by Mr R C Lipscombe, as an jostler in his livery stable, in Richmond, where he is most probably lurking. He was recently engaged in working on the fortifications near West Point on the York River Railroad, and had the skin mashed off of one or two of his fingers, which were tied up when he left. He may be endeavoring to make his way to the enemy’s lines, in the vicinity of West Point, or [?], have gone to the army near Fredericksburg, with a view of getting employment as a groom or cook. – He was dressed in ordinary working clothes, and wore a cap. If apprehended beyond the limits of the city of Richmond or county of Henrico, and confined so that I can get him, a reward of $30 will be paid; if taken within the above limits and delivered to me, at the office of the RF & P R R Co, $25 will be paid.                                                                J B WINSTON
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