In late September 1854, the Lafayette, MO Express reported a "stampede" of enslaved African Americans from the town of Dover, Missouri. Suspicion immediately fell upon several Jewish men, who had allegedly "tampered with" local enslaved people. A meeting of local slaveholders ordered the Jewish men to leave town. Then around early October, a group of the freedom seekers, enslaved by S.W. Warren and Joseph Carter, were tracked down and recaptured following a violent confrontation "on the other side of the Missouri, a short distance below." One freedom seeker was shot, but his wounds were reportedly non life-threatening.
"Runaway," Palmyra, MO Whig, quoting Lexington, MO Express