In early May 1858, the Louisville Courier reported on "an extraordinary stampede of the slaves" from Kentucky, claiming that they were fleeing "one, two, three, or a dozen at a time." The pro-slavery newspaper naturally blamed outside agitators, claiming "black republicans are as thick in these parts as wolves on a prairie." Multiple newspapers then reprinted and commented on this story.
Saturday, May 1, 1858
Escape Numbers Comment
General estimate; reports of "an extraordinary stampede of the slaves," who "go off, one, two, three, or a dozen at a time."