In early January 1865, Confederate-controlled Montgomery, Alabama experienced a disturbance involving some enslaved Black males who clashed with local authorities. According to newspaper reports, local police stumbled onto a crowd of Blacks who had taken over a "grog shop" and thereby provoked "a general stampede." Police managed to arrest "five lusty descendants of Ham," whom they identified as Pero (slaveholder Ousby), Sandy (slaveholder Ashley), Joel (slaveholder Price), Prince (slaveholder Holmes) and Dick (slaveholder Caffey). A local judge ordered each of the men to receive 39 lashes each.
Tuesday, January 3, 1865
Escape Numbers Comment
"crowd of coloured gentlemen" with 5 captured