Nat Turner’s Rebellion – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
To the white residents of Southampton County, it came as a surprisethat a slave named Nat Turner was the leader of a slave rebellion thatresulted in the deaths of 55 white people. This rebellion, whichTurner believed was directed by God, became one of the most famousslave insurrections in U.S. history.
Nat Turner was born in Southampton County, Virginia on October 2,1800. As a young boy, Turner was recognized as being highlyintelligent. His keen sense was noticed when he was about three orfour years old. While he was playing with other children, his motheroverheard him telling them about something that had happened before hewas born. She asked him details about the incident, and it confirmedthat he knew about this past event. Thereafter, other slaves believedthat in addition to his unique perception, his physical markings werea sign that he would be a prophet.
In adulthood, he became a preacher. As a young man, he began havingvisions that he believed were from God. Turner had three visions priorto the rebellion in 1831. His first vision occurred in 1821, after hehad run away. While hiding out in the woods, he was prompted to returnafter a vision from the Spirit who directed him to “return to theservice of my earthly master.” After thirty days in the woods, hereturned to his master.
His second vision came in 1825 after he had seen “lights in the sky.”He prayed to find out what it meant. His prayers were answered when “.. . while labouring in the field, I discovered drops of blood on thecorn, as though it were dew from heaven . . . I then found on theleaves in the woods hieroglyphic characters and numbers, with theforces of men in different attitudes, portrayed in blood, andrepresenting the figures I had seen before in the heavens.”
On May 12, 1828 he had his third vision. He “.