On Tuesday, July 13, 1852, four enslaved people escaped from St. Louis: 23-year-old George (or William Johnson), who had a free wife in St. Louis, 36-year-old John, 20-year-old Henry, and 16-year-old Isaac. Their enslaver, John Mattingly, advertised a $400 reward for their recapture. A Texas newspaper reprinted a report about the escape, calling it a "regular stampede." Some reports placed the number of escapees as high as seven.
St. Louis Missouri Republican, July 22, 1852 (GB)