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In Charleston, South Carolina, all charges in the Wanderer slave ship case are dropped

John Egbert Farnum, detail
11/12/1860
J. Egbert Farnum, the captain of the slave ship Wanderer, went on trial in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina for piracy in May.  After several days of testimony, the jury was sequestered for thirty hours without food or rest but was not able to reach a verdict.  A mistrial was declared.  Farnum eventually was released on bail and, with convictions seemingly impossible, charges were dropped against Farnum and all others involved. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Tom Henderson Wells, The Slave Ship Wanderer (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1967), 59.

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