On Monday, August 5, 1861, a 19-year-old enslaved man named Sam escaped from a property along the North Missouri Railroad, some five miles northwest of Montgomery City, Missouri. Sam was "supposed to have gone with the United States troops stationed at Mexico, Mo.," and from there to St. Louis or Alton, Illinois. His enslaver, C.B. Harper, offered a $100 reward for Sam's recapture.
St. Louis Missouri Republican, August 22, 1861 (HMO)