Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Escaped slave tries to enlist

From the Covington Journal of October 12, 1861 comes this brief story

While the train containing the Ohio Second Regiment stopped at Cynthiana, in the night, a man came aboard and desired to enlist, and was brought to our place. He was discovered next day to be a negro man with a red head, and was arrested, by order of Col. Harris and lodged in our jail. He belongs to a gentleman in Cynthiana.
[Paris Citizen]

Colonel Harris appears to be Leonard A. Harris. If the owner of this man claimed loyalty to the Union, the refugee was likely returned to him instead of being accepted as "contraband."

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