Secession Era Editorials Project

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Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury [Democratic]

(18 October 1859)

Our despatches this morning give us some particulars of a serious outbreak among the employees on the government works at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in which the negros, led on by some infuriated abolitionists, have been forced to co-operate. The trains were stopped and telegraphic wires cut, and, as the despatch informs us, the whole town was in possession of the insurgents. It will be seen, however, that the most active means have been put into execution to quell the disturbance; that several companies of artillery and infantry have proceeded to the scene, and, no doubt, before this reaches the eye of our readers, perfect quiet has been again established. We regret, however, that our telegraphic agent closed his reports so early, as it would have been exceedingly gratifying to learn that the miserable leaders of this unfortunate and disgraceful affair had received their just deserts.

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