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In Charleston, South Carolina, Charles Lamar and others are fined $250 for obstructing federal justice

Charleston, South Carolina, 1855
Four prominent southeners, Charles Lamar,  Mott Middleton, William Hone, and Carey Styles, pleaded guilty in Charleston, South Carolina of obstructing federal officials and were fined $250 each.  They, along with others, had three weeks before effected the temporary rescue of J. Egbert Farnum, an officer on the slave ship Wanderer, who was awaiting trial in federal court for piracy.  Farnum returned to jail a day later and stood trial as planned. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Tom Henderson Wells, The Slave Ship Wanderer (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1967), 70.