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38847Re: 1812 RE: Solomon Moseby Affair

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  • Will Tatum
    Jan 2, 2009
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      Hi Kevin,
      A friend and I were on a day trip to Upper Canada this past July and
      could not find the Lundy's Lane museum. We found the monument to the battle
      in the Grave yard, though, which was pretty cool. I was hoping to meet you,

      Yr Svt,
      Will Tatum

      On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM, Kevin Windsor

      > Happy 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
      > to England.
      > 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!
      > Kevin
      > 89th
      > ________________________________________
      > From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com <WarOf1812%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:
      > WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com <WarOf1812%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf
      > Of richard lytle
      > Michael,
      > 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
      > black soldiers?
      > 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.
      > S. constitution.
      > Richard Lytle
      > --- On Fri, 1/2/09, whittakermp <whittakermp@...<whittakermp%40yahoo.ca>>
      > wrote:
      > From: whittakermp <whittakermp@... <whittakermp%40yahoo.ca>>
      > 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?
      > Michael

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