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Aftermath of the Nat Turner Slave Revolt

Discovery of Nat Turner

A barefoot Nat Turner, who instigated a slave revolt in 1831, emerges from a makeshift cave and surrenders to a local farmer. Turner eluded capture for two months before he was discovered. This wood engraving was published in William Cullen Bryant and Sydney Howard Gay's A Popular History of the United States, From the First Discovery of the Western Hemisphere by the Northmen, to the End of the Civil War, Volume 4 (New York, 1881).

Original Author: William Henry Shelton

Created: 1881

Medium: Wood engraving

Courtesy of Learn NC, University of North Carolina School of Education

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

Partial List of Slaves Executed for the Nat Turner Uprising

A page from Samuel Warner's Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (1831) includes a list of the enslaved men hanged in September 1831 for having taken part in a slave revolt led by Nat Turner on August 21–22, 1831. The list includes the names of the slaves' owners and the dates on which each slave was executed. The "Nat" listed here, owned by "Ed, Turner's Est.," was not the organizer of the revolt. The slave leader "Nat" was owned by Benjamin and then Samuel Turner and was not captured until October 30, 1831. He was subsequently hanged on November 11, 1831. About 120 African Americans were executed in the wake of the rebellion.   

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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  • Discovery of Nat Turner

    A barefoot Nat Turner, who instigated a slave revolt in 1831, emerges from a makeshift cave and surrenders to a local farmer. Turner eluded capture for two months before he was discovered. This wood engraving was published in William Cullen Bryant and Sydney Howard Gay's A Popular History of the United States, From the First Discovery of the Western Hemisphere by the Northmen, to the End of the Civil War, Volume 4 (New York, 1881).

    Original Author: William Henry Shelton

    Created: 1881

    Medium: Wood engraving

    Courtesy of Learn NC, University of North Carolina School of Education

  • 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

  • Partial List of Slaves Executed for the Nat Turner Uprising

    A page from Samuel Warner's Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which Was Witnessed in Southampton County (1831) includes a list of the enslaved men hanged in September 1831 for having taken part in a slave revolt led by Nat Turner on August 21–22, 1831. The list includes the names of the slaves' owners and the dates on which each slave was executed. The "Nat" listed here, owned by "Ed, Turner's Est.," was not the organizer of the revolt. The slave leader "Nat" was owned by Benjamin and then Samuel Turner and was not captured until October 30, 1831. He was subsequently hanged on November 11, 1831. About 120 African Americans were executed in the wake of the rebellion.   

    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