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Local officials foil U.S. Senate attempt to arrest Frank Sanborn for failure to appear to testify on Harpers Ferry

Frank B. Sanborn, detail
04/03/1860
Frank B. Sanborn had been called to testify before the Senate Committee investigating the Harpers Ferry Raid and had refused to do so.  At nine o'clock in the evening of this day, a U.S. Marshal and a Deputy Sergeant at Arms of the Senate attempted to arrest him at his house in Concord, Massachusetts.  He resisted, a crowd gathered, and he was removed from the federal officials and turned over to the local authorities under a positive court ruling on a writ of habeas corpus and released.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"News By Telegraph: The Harpers Ferry Affair," New York Times, April 5, 1860, p. 5. 

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