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peter sueman in particular is a member of the brethren church a pacifist sect. here's someone who is suspect to begin with because he has refused to support the continental cause because of his pacifist beliefs. so, these are the seven ring leaders. and one of the local militia commanders, thomas sprigg, summed up the feelings towards the seven men when he said they have "admitted to administering the old of allegiance to many persons. they confess very freely that they expect and deserve to be hanged. i pray god they may not be disappointed." unlike claypool's rebellion, where the ring leaders are pardoned, the state of maryland is not going to take as kind of a view of the seven ring leader. the ring leaders are brought to the courthouse in frederick where they face a special tribunal. a court of oyer and terminer. it is a special court where they will not be tried by a jury but instead tried by a panel of men specifically appointed for crimes like treason. the judges selected were james johnson, local militia commander, the brother of governor thomas johnson.
sueman's family suffers a similar fate. later on in the 1790s sueman's widow is going to have some of that property returned to him. many think that might be in response to the realization that he probably didn't have much to do with this conspiracy. he was simply a pacifist who got caught new this mania against this suspected loyalist plot. in case anyone is super into the civil war out there, the name casper frichy might ring a bell. casper frichy is the father of john casper frichy, who later married barbara hower, the famous barbara frichy, the flag-waving heroine of the 1862 campaign. we're talking about hindsight, we're talking about looking back on some of the misconceptions of the past. as i mentioned earlier, one of the main take-aways is we look at 1781 as the end of the revolutionary war. for the people of 1781 this was not the case. although it's easy for us to look back and say things were kind of done, the writing was on the wall, the situation was still up in the air enough that people in maryland and virgini
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