Flight to Freedom via the Underground Railroad
This Story Map shares Archer Alexander’s Flight to Freedom on the Underground Railroad…
7 September 1829 – Twelfth Entry
7 September 1829…crossed the river in the horse boat. Our party now consists of fifty five persons, 20 horses, 10 dogs and 4 cows. One of our carriage horses had become very lame in Charleston and we had to leave it with Mr. Calhoun…
5 September 1829 – Eleventh Entry
As the journey continues, Archer Alexander is with William Campbell, who shares today’s daily entry in his journal of 1829…
27 -29 August 1829 -Eighth, Ninth and Tenth entries
“We this day passed through the rich narrow bottoms of Kanawha, a great part of which is covered with a heavy crop of corn. Ten miles of the valley are called “the Licks” from their being covered with salt works. There are sixty furnaces which manufacture 2,000,000 bushels of salt annually” through the labor of…
26 August 1829 – Seventh entry
This is the journal of William Campbell leading a caravan in 1829, with Archer Alexander… to read more….
25 August 1829 – Sixth entry
We entered on a very mountainous region crossed Meadow Mountain, Big and Little Sewell and numerous other ridges, for which the inhabitants say thay cannot afford names.
24 August 1829 – Fifth entry
Staid in Lewisburg until evening. It was a quarterly court and a day of great resort in Lewisburg. Started in the evening and came to Pierce’s [Pierie’s] ten miles over the Muddy Creek Mountain. Fared well….
23 August 1829 – Fourth entry
Came to Callahan’s for breakfast. A fine Tavern stand. Finely kept by the owner who is much a gentleman. We now commenced traveling on the turnpike. The road is very excellent considering the mountainous regions through which it passes – crosses the Alleghany. Passed the White Sulpher Springs where there were two hundred visitors. Written…
22 August 1829 – Third entry
Made an early start, crossed the Warm Spring Mountain, lately improved by turn piking. Passed the Warm Springs where there were forty visitors and Hot Springs, where there were sixty. Were detained on the road by the oversetting and breaking of a South Carolina Sulky. We met in a narow place and he capsized and…
Entry 2 – From Virginia to Missouri
Took a final leave of all my fathers family and turned our faces toward the West. We found the roads very bad and of course traveled slowly. Crossed the North Mountain and at noon ate a harty meal of bread, beef and cheese at a spring on the side of Mill Mountain.