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Abolitionists meet at Faneuil Hall, Boston to protest the arrest of Anthony Burns

Anthony Burns, detail
05/26/1854
"Learning of the arrest, Boston's Vigilance Committee staged a mass protest meeting in Faneuil Hall on the evening of 26 May that abolitionists Wendell Phillips and Theodore Parker addressed. At its midpoint a militant faction, headed by Thomas W. Higginson, interrupted the proceedings to lead an armed attack on the Boston Court House to rescue the prisoner. The attack was repulsed, but a guard, specially deputized into federal service, was killed. To counter any more rescue attempts, the federal officials promptly assembled a posse; it consisted of approximately 180 soldiers and marines and 120 armed civilians known as the 'marshal's guard.'"  David R. Maggines, American National Biography Online.
Source Citation: 
David R. Maggines, "Burns, Anthony," American National Biography Online, http://www.anb.org/articles/20/20-00129.html.

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