Fugitive slave arrested…and freed

3/17/1858

This March 17, 1858, warrant—from the only known Federal fugitive slave case tried in California—directed the arrest of a fugitive slave named Archie. His owner, Mississippian C. A. Stovall, claimed to be visiting California when Archie became a fugitive. Stovall demanded that Archie be returned to him. Archie was tried in California and Federal courts and eventually freed.

National Archives - Pacific Region (San Bruno), Records of District Courts of the United States


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