Description: Excitement at Lewestown, Delaware
Date: May 17 1853
Newspaper published in: Easton, Maryland
Source: newspaper collection
Lewestown, Delaware, May 17, 1853:
There was considerable
excitement at Lewestown on the Delaware for several days last week due
to the arrival in the harbor of a fleet of fifty some sail of fishermen
from Maine and Cape Cod.
It appears that the crews, after landing,
went on a lawless spree, robbed gardens, broke into business and private
houses, insulted females and committed other acts of lawlessness.
The town citizens turned out and drove them off, but the following night
a gang of almost 150 of them were seen returning, threatening to burn
the town, but the citizens again turned out, fully armed, and met them
at the Lewes Creek bridge, where a skirmish did ensue. The Fishermen
were driven back with several broken heads. A cannon was procured among
the citizens and was fired into them as they retreated. The pilot boats
came to the aid of the towns citizens and together the pursued the
fishermen until they returned to embark upon their vessel and set sail.
It has been heard that this band has since been robbing residents up and
down the coast.