The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Document 2B: The Firemen's Strikes

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The Albany Argus:
Saturday, July 21, 1877, Vol. LI., No. 18.985
(original spellings & punctuation maintained)

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They are Spreading in all Directions

Baltimore, July 20 - George Zepp, who so courageously volunteered to take charge of the engine at Martinsburg, is a brother of the ringleader of the strikers. Commercial interests, especially the oil trade, suffer by the railroad strike. In order to fill engagements maturing early next week for European transportation, the blockade must be immediately broken...

Keyser, July 20 - The strikers are in force here and the dozen United States troops that came up on the freight train are powerless.

Martinsburg, W. Va., July 20 - Fireman Zepp was slightly injured by the attack on the train at St. John's Run. The assault was probably made by canal boatmen who have been in the habit of riding on freight trains, which privilege was denied them on that train. Torpedoes were placed on the track near Keyser, but could do no damage.

Columbus, O., July 20 - At Newark large crowds are awaiting the arrival of troops, but no violence is offered. Several attempts have been made to get trains out without success. Two companies of militia will proceed to-night to Newark from here, and two companies are expected there from Mount Vernon and Zanesville.

Baltimore, July 20 - The depot at Camden station is afire, and it is said the railroad office has been cleaned out. The telegraph office in the depot building has been destroyed, the wires cut and the instruments removed.

LATER - The fire at the depot at Camden station has been extinguished with but little damage. The telegraph office cleaned out was the dispatcherÆs office on the station platform, and not the office in the main building. At Baltimore and Ohio wires have been cut.

Keyser, W. Va., July 20 - George Zepp, the fireman on the first train from Martinsburg yesterday, was taken from the train here and the strikers fired on the train, which brought up the first detachment of troops; and one of the train hands was slightly wounded.

Baltimore, July 20 - At ten o'clock the dispatcher's house at the lower end of the depot was fired and totally burned. The depot was also badly burned. A lamp and oil house at Barre and Howard streets was destroyed. About 10:30 an old building, used as a stable, was fired and totally destroyed. About 11 o'clock some cars at the Riverside round house were burned.

Cumberland, July 20 - A train of empty coal cars has just come in from Martinsburg. The crowd dragged off the firemen, after which the train was taken to the yard, unable to proceed further. A messenger has been sent hence to Martinsburgh to invite those who still hold out to join the strikers here. The police having arrested Renck, one of the ringleaders, an attempt was made to release him. The police drew revolvers. Some one in the crowd fired. The police returned the shot, and some half a dozen shots were fired. No one was hurt. Renck and three others were taken to the station, but released till to-morrow. The streets are crowded.

Last Updated: January 17, 2012