There was a negro stampede last week from Millersburg, Bourbon Co., Ky., which created considerable excitement thereabouts. The negro's left Millersburg in a splendid carriage, and in passing the toll-gates on the Maysville side, the carriage was driven by a white man, who represented its inmates as a runaway match on their way to Aberdeen, the Gretna Green of Kentucky, to get married.
There were seven negroes in all––three men, three women, and one child. They proceeded in the carriage to near Washington, whence they went on foot to East Maysville, where they attempted to cross the Ohio in a skiff. They skiff leaked and sunk, and the three women and child were drowned. The men cried for help, and were rescued by a marketman going from Aberdeen to Maysville, who took them to jail at Maysville, whence they were returned to their homes of bondage.
"Negro Stampede," Milwaukee (WI) Daily Free Democrat, December 27, 1855, p. 2