“Arrest of a Supposed Fugitive,” Cecil Whig, July 30, 1853; Cecil Democrat, July 30, 1853.
In the summer of 1853, Aaron Digges, age 20, attempted to flee from William Rusk, a Baltimore butcher. He entered the train at the Susquehanna crossing, most likely when the passengers filed out of the ferry and boarded the train at Perryville. During the ride through Cecil County he was discovered by the conductor and ejected from the train at Elkton. Thomas McCreary, slave catcher, kidnapper, and occasional constable, as he was on this occasion, immediately arrested Digges when he exited the car.
 “Arrest of a Supposed Fugitive,” Cecil Whig, July 30, 1853; Cecil Democrat, July 30, 1853.
Digges may have successfully reached Perryville from Baltimore by rail. Or he may have reached Perryville by other means and slipped in with the passengers between the wharf and the railroad station (upper left side of the track). (The diagram is from the archives of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and this copy was courtesy of Richard Hall, railroad historian)
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