Sometime in late October, ten freedom seekers, including five men, three women and two children, escaped from Prunytown, Virginia (now West Virginia) with "seven other chattels in the shape of horses." According to news reports, "They left the horses after the night ride and steered for the North Star on foot," until they were confronted by slave catchers in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The group then engaged in "a desperate fight for freedom" and ultimately escaped. They succeeded in wounding one of their owners (named Col. Armstrong) with a corn cleaver.
Sunday, October 31, 1858