Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for March 29th:
Affadavit of CA Stovall, filed March 29, 1858

Affadavit of CA Stovall, filed March 29, 1858

Affadavit of CA Stovall, filed March 29, 1858 (National Archives Identifier: 295965); U.S. Circuit Court for the Northern District of California. (1886 - 1912); Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 1991; Record Group 21; National Archives.

Filed March 29, 1858, this is an affadavit by slaveowner C.A. Stovall in the case of "C.A. Stovall vs. Archie (Lee), a Slave," the only known federal Fugitive Slave case tried in California, a "free state." Surviving proceedings documents in the case record, filed mostly by Stovall the slaveholder, give his versions of both his and Archie's travels and activities, which began in Mississippi and proceeded all the way to Sacramento, California, and then to San Francisco, where Archie was arrested by the U.S. Marshal. The case was finally resolved by the U.S. Commissioner of San Francisco, who concluded on April 14, 1858, that Archie was not a fugitive slave and should be released.
Read more Fugitive Slave records in the Catalog...
Share, comment and suggest new documents at the Today's Document Tumblr Blog Tumblr blog


Get the Today's Document RSS Feed  Subscribe   |  About RSS 

Yesterday's document: March 28th
Matinicus Lighthouse, Maine

Tomorrow's document: March 30th
Russian copy of the Treaty of Cession

PDF files require the free Adobe Reader.
More information on Adobe Acrobat PDF files is available on our Accessibility page.

Today’s Document from the National Archives >

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272