Mobocracy at Westfield

January 18, 1861

Charles C. Burleigh writes from Florence, telling of two evenings in succession when he was accosted by a mob when giving anti-slavery speeches.  On the second evening, during the disturbances, a stove was overturned; later that night in the school-house, where the stove was located, a fire burned the school-house to the ground.

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