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Cumberland negroes burned to death, 1863

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Seven Negros Burned to Death.—

On Sunday morning at about two o’clock, our citizens were aroused from their beds by the ringing of the fire bell. The stable upon the premises occupied by Joseph Sprigg, Esq., had been fired by an incendiary. Mr. Sprigg not having room in his dwelling house for his servants had prepared the loft of the brick stable for their temporary accommodation. There were seven in number—one man, one woman, and five children—all of whom perished in the flames; also, a mule and buggy.—

The miscreant who did this fiendish act, built fires in the cellar under the dwelling house, which were extinguished with very little damage to the building. —

Cumberland Civilian


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light

Joseph Sprigg of Cumberland was listed in the 1860 Slave Schedule as having 18 slaves.


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Slaves, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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