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Slocum Clark (born 1787) who was part of the Black Snake Crew / tried for murder
Posted by: Melinda and Howard Vosburg (ID *****0177) Date: April 24, 2005 at 16:02:42
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Slocum Clark was part of the Black Snake (1808) crew that were tried for murder. See below

HOM: Samuel G. Mott, Cyrus B. Dean, David Sheffield [& accomplices: Josiah Pease, William Noaks, Slocum Clark, Freeman Mudget, Francis Ledgard, Thomas Ledgard m. Jonathan Ormsby, Asa Marsh, and Ellis Drake

Weapon: gun (wall pein). SGM: pulled the trigger & shot JO & AM. DS: shot ED. CBD: leader of smugglers.

Circumstances: armed resistance by smugglers to revenue agents. The assailants were crewmen on the Black Snake, a vessel that smuggled goods to and from Canada during the Jeffersonian embargo. In 1808, Mott, Dean, and their compatriots opened fire on a revenue cutter that had hailed them on Lake Champlain and followed them up the Onion River. The smugglers killed three of the cutter's crew, all Vermont militiamen. Most Vermonters may have opposed the embargo, but few sympathized with smugglers who attacked Vermont's soldiers. The leaders of Vermont's Republican Party were particularly incensed, because they believed the smugglers were part of a Federalist Party plot to destroy democratic government and betray the nation into the hands of the British. According to the World, a Republican newspaper in Bennington, "Treason stalks in open day light. . . . Blood calls for vengeance!" Eyewitness accounts of the Black Snake affair conflicted, so Dean's fellow smugglers could be convicted only of manslaughter or lesser charges. Dean, however, was found guilty of murder and executed as a warning those who would harm government officials.


Indictment: yes, all for murder

Term: 8/1808

Court proceedings: CBD: pNG. fG. DEATH,. Hanged 11/11/1808. SGM: pNG. fG of mansl. 10 yrs. Pardoned 10/1817. DS: fG of mansl. 10 yrs. Pardoned 11/1815. FL: pNG. fG of mansl. 10 yrs. Pardoned 11/1811. Others pNG. np


Chi. Co. Sup. Ct. 1: 335, 366, 368, 370

Journal of the General Assembly of Vermont, 1808: 38

"The trial of Cyrus B. Dean, for the murder of Jonathan Ormsby and Asa Marsh." Burlington, VT: Samuel Mills, 1808. (at the American Antiquarian Society) McDade #246

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