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A Contemporary Account of the Nat Turner Insurrection

Horrid Massacre in Virginia

A woodcut depicts scenes from the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton County in 1831. A key at bottom describes events during the short-lived insurrection. On the upper panel of the illustration, from left to right, a mother pleads for her children; two enslaved men kill their white master; and a husband fends off attack so that his wife and child can escape. On the lower panel of the illustration, mounted soldiers chase the rebels. This foldout woodcut served as the frontispiece for a book by Samuel Warner titled Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831).

Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: 1831

Medium: Woodcut

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last

This is the title page of Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831), a contemporary account of the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton on August 21 and 22, 1831. In the extended title, the author, Samuel Warner, claims that this account of the events was given "by those who were eye witnesses of the bloody scene, and confirmed by the confessions of several of the Blacks while under Sentence of Death."

Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Samuel Warner

Created: 1831

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Slaves Executed for the Nat Turner Uprising

This list shows the names of the slaves executed for taking part in the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831, along with the date each one was hanged, and the name of each slave's master. This is a detail from a page in a contemporary account of the rebellion titled Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (Mostly Women and Children) were Inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831). The book was written by Samuel Black.

Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (Mostly Women and Children) were Inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Samuel Warner

Created: 1831

Medium: Printed page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Horrid Massacre in Virginia

    A woodcut depicts scenes from the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton County in 1831. A key at bottom describes events during the short-lived insurrection. On the upper panel of the illustration, from left to right, a mother pleads for her children; two enslaved men kill their white master; and a husband fends off attack so that his wife and child can escape. On the lower panel of the illustration, mounted soldiers chase the rebels. This foldout woodcut served as the frontispiece for a book by Samuel Warner titled Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831).

    Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: 1831

    Medium: Woodcut

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last

    This is the title page of Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831), a contemporary account of the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton on August 21 and 22, 1831. In the extended title, the author, Samuel Warner, claims that this account of the events was given "by those who were eye witnesses of the bloody scene, and confirmed by the confessions of several of the Blacks while under Sentence of Death."

    Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Samuel Warner

    Created: 1831

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Slaves Executed for the Nat Turner Uprising

    This list shows the names of the slaves executed for taking part in the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831, along with the date each one was hanged, and the name of each slave's master. This is a detail from a page in a contemporary account of the rebellion titled Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (Mostly Women and Children) were Inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831). The book was written by Samuel Black.

    Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22nd of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (Mostly Women and Children) were Inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Samuel Warner

    Created: 1831

    Medium: Printed page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections