Full text of the December 6, 1860 report of the Battle of Pine Swamp

In nearly 1100 words, the New Jersey Mirror provided a "blow by blow" account of this infamous battle, using words like "kidnappers" and "invaders" to describe the posse seeking to capture Perry Simmons and family, who had escaped slavery in Maryland a decade before.  In a subsequent report, the local constable that was recruited to assist in the endeavor laments being duped into joining the effort, having been told that Simmons had committed a crime.  The constable walks home to after declining to participate. This transcription was published in the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Volume 35 in 2018.