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title The Posse Comitatus Incident of 1865
creator Robertson, Ian Ross
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description On Friday, 7 April 1865, some 150 residents of Charlottetown accompanied John Morris, High Sheriff of Queens County, to the farming community of Alberry Plains, Lot 50, some 18 miles from the capital, near the Kings County line. Their purpose was to execute an arrest warrant against Samuel Fletcher, a tenant farmer who had resisted arrest for non-payment of rent for his farm three weeks earlier. The spring roads were in poor condition, "almost impassable," according to one newspaper. The expedition failed. Fletcher was not apprehended, and there is no record to indicate that he was ever apprehended, although as late as January 1866 the government was eager to capture him. Members of the posse comitatus, which had left town at 8 a.m., straggled back into Charlottetown either late at night or on Saturday morning, depending upon whether they had travelled on foot, on horseback, or by wagon. It had been a gruelling experience, which few relished. Almost no one suggested a repetition.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1988
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-315
source 24
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title The Posse Comitatus Incident of 1865
creator Robertson, Ian Ross
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description On Friday, 7 April 1865, some 150 residents of Charlottetown accompanied John Morris, High Sheriff of Queens County, to the farming community of Alberry Plains, Lot 50, some 18 miles from the capital, near the Kings County line. Their purpose was to execute an arrest warrant against Samuel Fletcher, a tenant farmer who had resisted arrest for non-payment of rent for his farm three weeks earlier. The spring roads were in poor condition, "almost impassable," according to one newspaper. The expedition failed. Fletcher was not apprehended, and there is no record to indicate that he was ever apprehended, although as late as January 1866 the government was eager to capture him. Members of the posse comitatus, which had left town at 8 a.m., straggled back into Charlottetown either late at night or on Saturday morning, depending upon whether they had travelled on foot, on horseback, or by wagon. It had been a gruelling experience, which few relished. Almost no one suggested a repetition.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1988
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-315
source 24
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.