RCC Honors History Project

First Report of the Nat Turner Rebellion

Posted by mcelynrh on November 5, 2008

It was sent in the form of a letter from the Postmaster of Jerusalem to the Governor of Virginia; sent to Petersburg. It was first published in the Richmond Constitutional Whig of August 23, 1831.

It reads:

“Disagreeable rumors have reached this city of an insurrection of the slaves of Southampton County, with loss of life, in order to correct exaggerations, and at the same time to induce all salutary caution, we state to following particulars. An express from the Honorable James Trezevant states that an insurrection had broken out, that several families had been murdered, and that those Negroes were embodied, requiring a considerable military force to subdue them.”



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