Insurrection Of The Blacks
the Niles’ Register
The troops that marched fro Richmond to Southampton have
of the blacks taken prisoners have already been condemned to
death. There is a
great deal of force, and truth too, in the following remarks
from the Boston Courier on this subject.
infer, from the tome of the newspapers in Virginia, that the
public will not be satisfied with any thing less than the total
extermination of the murderers. Public
justice would strike only at the leaders, for they, and those
whose injudicious philanthropy excites their disaffection still
more than they, are fairly accountable for the mischief; but
oppressed as Virginia is with the tremendous evil of slavery, it
is to be expected that men will take counsel from their fears
rather than their reason.”
entertainment given at Petersburg to the Richmond light
dragoons, John H. Pleasants, esq. offered the following toast:
Henry B. Vaughan-the
Jerusalem publican, who speculated upon the bones of his
kindred, which the dragoons went to bury and to avenge.
ideal prevails that, because of the terrible events in
Southampton, the white population, in case of like outrages in
future, will retaliate by an indeterminate slaughter of
blacks-and such, we think will probably take place. Indeed, a few days since, in Gabriel city county, a rising of
the Negroes being feared, an armed body of white men shot down
two blacks because they attempted to run away.
There is much fear
and feeling in several of the lower counties in the state; and the white
inhabitants seem to be in constant excitement.
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update 3 May 2009