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Reward for the Capture of Nat Turner

Proclamation by Governor John Floyd, page 1

A document signed and sealed by Governor John Floyd on September 17, 1831, offers a reward of $500 to anyone who captures Nat Turner, the leader of the recent slave revolt, and conveys him to the Southampton County jail.

 

 

 

 

Original Author: Governor John Floyd

Created: September 17, 1831

Medium: Handwritten proclamation

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

Proclamation by Governor John Floyd, reverse

The reverse side of a September 17, 1831, proclamation issued by Governor John Floyd offers a description of Nat Turner, the leader of a slave revolt who was then still at large. Between 30 and 35 years old and roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall, Turner was "rather knock kneed" and bore scars on one side of his head, on the back of his neck, and had "a large knot on one of the bones of his right arm, near the wrist, produced by a blow." In his proclamation the governor offered a $500 reward for Turner's capture.

Original Author: Governor John Floyd

Created: September 17, 1831

Medium: Handwritten proclamation

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

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  • Proclamation by Governor John Floyd, page 1

    A document signed and sealed by Governor John Floyd on September 17, 1831, offers a reward of $500 to anyone who captures Nat Turner, the leader of the recent slave revolt, and conveys him to the Southampton County jail.

     

     

     

     

    Original Author: Governor John Floyd

    Created: September 17, 1831

    Medium: Handwritten proclamation

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia

  • Proclamation by Governor John Floyd, reverse

    The reverse side of a September 17, 1831, proclamation issued by Governor John Floyd offers a description of Nat Turner, the leader of a slave revolt who was then still at large. Between 30 and 35 years old and roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall, Turner was "rather knock kneed" and bore scars on one side of his head, on the back of his neck, and had "a large knot on one of the bones of his right arm, near the wrist, produced by a blow." In his proclamation the governor offered a $500 reward for Turner's capture.

    Original Author: Governor John Floyd

    Created: September 17, 1831

    Medium: Handwritten proclamation

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia