New Orleans (LA) Picayune, "The Fugitive Slave Riot," September 14, 1851

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    "The Fugitive Slave Riot," New Orleans (LA) Picayune, September 14, 1851, p. 2.
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    Zak Rosenberg, Dickinson College
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    The Fugitive Slave Riot.

    BALTIMORE, Sept. 13- A few days ago Edward Gorsuch and son, of Baltimore county, Md., went to Lancaster county, Pa., in persuit of a fugitive slave at a place named Christiana, near Lancaster. The negro was secreted in a house, into which Gorsuch and aprty entered, when the negro cleared up stairs and armed with a musket prevented the party from ascending them. He blew a horn and was immediatel reinforced by about two hundred negroes and whites, who surrounded the house. The marshal called upon the whites to assist him in enforcing the law, but they refused. The negroes fired upon their pursuers. Gorsuch and son were instantly, and it is supposed, mortally wounded. Three negroes were also wounded, but the negroes and their associates remained uncaptured. Gorsuch and his son were most respectable citizens. Great excitement prevails. It is supposed that the Government must interfere.

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12- Gorsuch and his son, who were attacked by armed negroes in Lancaster county, Pa., were both killed. Two officers were seriously wounded. The murderers have escaped.

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