Freedmen's Bureau Records: John A. McDonnell to
Orlando Brown, February 3, 1868
McDonnell reports on the employment situation throughout the 9th Sub-District, noting that in the Shenandoah Valley, the demand for laborers exceeds the supply.
Bureau R. F. & A.
Head Qrs 9th Sub Dist. Va Bt. Brig. Gen. O. Brown
Feby 3rd 1868
I have the honor to report that there are in the 1st Division about fifty (50) freedpeople, able to work, who cannot obtain employment. In the other divisions of this Sub District, the demand for labor is equal and in some cases exceeds the supply. The rates of hire throughout the Valley is so low as to indicate that farmers and others find no difficulty in obtaining all the laborers they require.
Your Obedt Servant
John A. McDonnell
Sub Asst. Comr.