Mark Caesar sentenced for MD slave rebellion: 1845
The Port Tobacco Times of November 6, 1845 reports on the conviction of Mark Caesar at his second trial—this time for ten counts of aiding and abetting slaves in making their escape from their masters—and his sentence of 40 years in jail.
Caesar, along with Bill Wheeler, led upwards of 75 armed slaves on a march toward freedom July 7-8, 1845. They started from Charles and St. Mary’s counties and picked up others in Prince George’s county as they marched six abreast toward Pennsylvania before the group was intercepted near Rockville, Maryland.
Caesar was charged with insurrection, but his first trial resulted in a hung jury. He died in prison of tuberculosis five years later. Wheeler was sentenced to death, but escaped from jail and was never recaptured.
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