Nat Turner's Slave Revolt

On August 21, 1831 Nat Turner started his Slave Revolt in Southampton County, Virgina that lasted for two daysNat and seven of his supporters started by killing his owner with knives, axes, and hatchets as the family slept. They then took guns and horses from the house and got 75 other slaves to help which allowed them kill about 55 white people. With such little numbers though he was doomed when the local slave owners began to fight back with firearms and the state militia arrived with 3,000 men ending the revolt 

After the revolt many of his supporters were beaten and killed in the streets by white locals. Turner managed to escape into the woods and lived out there for about 70 days until he was captured, tried, and hung for the revolt. The revolt struck fear in the Southern states resulting in harder laws against slaves.  


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21 Aug 1831 to 23 Aug 1831