Five or Six Freedom Seekers Escape

Late November, 1863- Leonard Stephens, in a letter dated 12 Dec, 1863, written to his brother William, of Missouri, “There was a lot of five or six negroes ran away from the neighborhood of Florence three weeks ago. The owners have no intelligence of them, & I believe took no steps to recover them. Some seem to think that there may be a good deal of that sort of thing shortly.” Stephens family letters and documents, compiled by Claude E. Stephens and Sadie Bassett Lamb