On Tuesday, August 31, 1858, ten freedom seekers attempted an escape from West River near Annapolis, Maryland. Two were quickly recaptured but the rest of their group pursued them and after a "bold rush" and a "desperate fight," managed to liberate them temporarily. But according to news accounts, the fight left two Black men in the group "dangerously wounded," which "seemed to frighten and deter the negroes, because they as speedily as possible returned home to their master." The Annapolis newspaper added, "The two wounded were sent for and properly cared for."
Tuesday, August 31, 1858