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Nat Turner was born on October 2 1800 as property of a small plantation owner in Southampton Virginia His mother strongly hated slavery and this hate was passed down to Nat In his early twenties he was sold to a neighboring farm He was sold again in 1831 to the Joseph Travis family Shortly after he was sold he started a revolt This occurred on August 21 1831 This was to become the largest slave revolt in the history of the South Turner was inspired during a solar eclipse which he believed to be a sign that the time to strike was near He planned to capture the armory at Jerusalem the county seat While en route he planned to gather a number of slaves and then proceed to the Dismal Swamp Turner decided that it would be difficult to be apprehended Turners rebellion started with seven fellow slaves whom he trusted greatly Travis and his family were murdered in their sleep and Turner marched to the county seat After only the first two days of the rebellion about 60 whites had been brutally murdered On October 24th an armed militia and local forces totaling over 3000 men cam to challenge Turner and the 75 slaves that supported his efforts This force encountered Turners force a few miles outside of Jerusalem Most of Turners force was killed or captured however many other innocent slaves and free blacks were killed in the confusion that followed While Turners rebellion was put down on the 24th Turner himself was able to elude the militia and other white for just over six weeks Once he was captured he was tried convicted and hung While Turners rebellion was apparently a failure he was able to convince whites in the South that slaves were not content with their living conditions In Southampton county black people came to measure time from Nats Fray or Old Nats War For
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