“Fugitives from Oppression,” Ripley (OH) Bee, June 20, 1861, p. 2: 1.
Fugitives from Oppression
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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Fugitives from Oppression.
On last Saturday, three families, consisting of father, mother, and children – 22 persons in all – passed through our town, from Chatham and Randolph counties, North Carolina, on their way to Indiana. They were escaping from the reign of terror – having left their farms stock and other property, which they could not bring in their wagons – one of them left slaves belonging to his wife. They had been already more than three weeks on their way. Their joy over their deliverance from the thralldom and terrorism of secession was openly express. – They had as little communication, as possible, with the people on the road and when asked as to their destination, said they were going to Fleming Co., Ky., and sometimes Missouri. They represented that there were thousands of Union men, in the counties from which they came, but they dared not avow their sentiments, and that if all who desired, could get away – much territory would be left without occupants. They expressed bitter feelings, towards Gov. Ellis, whom, they regarded as the principal author of the secession troubles, in their State.