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Eber M. Pettit, Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad…1st ed.

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Eber M. Pettit’s Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad, 1st ed.

Eber Pettit began collecting stories he heard and adventures he experienced as a conductor on the Underground Railroad in 1868 for the Fredonia Censor newspaper.  In 1879 Pettit collected his articles into this book. It remains one of the best sources on that remarkably secret and remarkably successful passage to freedom. 

As Pettit travelled from Ohio to Pennsylvania to Black Rock to Buffalo he delivered patented medicines manufactured by his family. Often he had shoes, boots, leather garments to deliver as well as the hidden passengers he carried aboard his wagon.

In other accounts, Petitt is said to have received his passengers from his father’s home in Fredonia. When reading his own account of those he met it is evident the runaways came to him through many different routes.

Usual toning of pages; light soiling of boards and spine; light chipping of extremities; else very good.

Pettit, Eber M. Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad Comprising Many Thrilling Incidents of the Escape of Fugitives From Slavery, and the perils of Those Who Aided Them.  Fredonia, NY: 1879.  1st edition, 174p.