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In Charleston, South Carolina, sympathizers briefly rescue indicted slave ship officer from jail

John Egbert Farnum, detail
05/01/1860 to 05/02/1860
Charleston, South Carolina was crowded for the national Democratic convention, when Charles Lamar and seven other prominent citizens engineered the rescue from jail of J. Egbert Farnum, the purser of the slave ship Wanderer, then under indictment and nearing his federal trial for piracy.  He was taken to the best hotel in the town for a reception.  A confrontation with federal marshals followed and Farnum returned to the city jail the next day.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Tom Henderson Wells, The Slave Ship Wanderer (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1967), 68-69

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