The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles Torrey
During his brief yet remarkable career, abolitionist Charles Torrey assisted almost four hundred slaves to gain their freedom. Torrey, a Yale graduate and an ordained minister, set up a well-organized Underground Railroad route from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia and Albany. At that time, some called him the "father of the Underground Railroad." Arrested in Baltimore in 1844 for his activities, Torrey spent two years in prison before he succumbed to tuberculosis. By then, other abolitionists widely recognized and celebrated Torrey's exploits-running wagonloads of slaves northward in the night, dodging slave catchers and sheriffs, and involving members of Congress in his schemes. E. Fuller Torrey's study not only fills a substantial gap in the history of abolitionism but restores Charles Torrey to his rightful place as one of the most dedicated and significant abolitionists in American history.
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