"Bold Stroke For Freedom," Hood's Mill, Maryland, December 25, 1855

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Cropped, sized, and prepared for use by John Osborne, Dickinson College, June 28, 2008.
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A Bold Stroke For Freedom
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William Still, The Underground Rail Road (Philadelphia: Porter & Coats, 1872), 125.

Source note

Engraving by Charles H. Reed published in Still's 1872 book depicting a Christmas eve 1855 escape from Virginia by six young runaways, including Barnaby Grigsby (or Grigby) and his wife Mary Elizabeth, and her sister Emily Foster and Emily's future husband, Frank Wanzer, described on pages 124-126.  These four survived this confrontation in Maryland, making their way to Philadelphia (via Columbia, Pennsylvania) by mid-January 1856. The Grigsby's and the Wanzers later appeared living together in York, Canada West with children, according to the 1861 Canadian census.

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