38846RE: Solomon Moseby Affair
- Jan 2, 2009Happy new year all!
What Michael is referring to if the Moseby Affair of 1837. Solomon Moseby
stole his master's horse and escaped to Niagara. The owner of the horse had
him arrested for theft and demanded his extradition back to Kentucky. The
Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada returned Moseby because he was guilty of
theft and not back into slavery. (though he was fully aware of what would
happen to Moseby)
The subsequent riot that occurred wasn't because of the Militia it was
because of the nearly 400 supporters that gathered around to stop the
extradition. In the end the soldiers (I can't remember if they were
regulars or militia) killed two people and Moseby escaped. He made his way
As to bounty hunters not coming into Upper Canada, they did frequently.
There were warnings posted for blacks to be aware. Many of the Canadian
border towns had safe houses to hide escaped slaves from slave catchers.
A trip to the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum will give you information on
slavery in Upper Canada and the history of the Black community in Niagara
since. Combine that with a trip to the Nathaniel Dett British Methodist
Episcopalian Church and you will have the whole experience!
From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of richard lytle
Normally I just lurk on this message board just to be up-to-date on what is
happening out in the active historical community but this time your posting
has me curious about something.
Who's black soldiers were they?
Not in the U.S. Army any time before 1862, surely, and I doubt that either
the U.S. Navy or Marines had them either. But the (U. S.) fugitive slave law
was in operation in the 1850's and it was based upon an older law in the
U.S. There were plenty of slave bounty hunters operating throughout the U.
S. and I would not be all that surprised if they extended their operations
into Canada. Theoritically, the incident could have happened---but with
Just as a bit of trivia I will add that I know that almost all black (white
officers were still then assigned and white medical staff were assigned to
the post hospitals) garrisons were at U. S. forts along the lower Great
Lakes at one point early in the 1900's but that was long after the issue of
slavery had been addressed by the 13th, 14th and 15th Admendments to the U.
--- On Fri, 1/2/09, whittakermp <whittakermp@...> wrote:
From: whittakermp <whittakermp@...>
I vaguely recall an incident of near mutiny at Fort George Pre-civil
War when Black soldiers were forced to surrender an escaped slave they
were harbouring. Ring any bells?
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