Sometime in February 1859, there was a report that 23 freedom seekers escaped from the Virginia panhandle (now West Virginia), passing through Waynesburg, PA on their way toward Canada. According to a newspaper report, the runaways "were hotly pursued, but contrived to make good their escape." The report added, "A number more were piloted over the underground railroad some days before, in the same county."
Sunday, February 20, 1859
Escape Numbers Comment
Estimate; one group of 23 and "a number more"