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Massachusetts court orders six men to trial for the August tarring and feathering of a Haverhill editor

Tarring and Feathering of Ambrose L. Kimball, Haverhill, Massachusetts, August 19, 1861, detail
On the evening of August 19, 1861, a mob tarred and feathered Ambrose L. Kimball, editor of the Essex Democrat in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in punishment for his perceived Southern leanings. The state court sitting in nearby Salem indicted six men on various charges stemming from the event and ordered them held under bail of $1000 each.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1862), IV: 21.