The Tree From Which They Hanged Bro. Nat.

Photo from "The Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831"

The Governor's Proclamation of a Reward for the Capture of Nat Turner

Whereas the slave Nat, otherwise called Nat Turner, the contriver and leader of the late insurrection in Southampton, is still going at large: Therefore I, John Floyd, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, have thought proper, and hereby offer a reward of five hundred dollars to any person of persons who will apprehend and convey to the Jail at Southampton County, the said slave Nat: and I do moreover require all officers civil and military, and exhort the good people of the Commonwealth to use their best endeavors to cause the said fugitive to be apprehended, that he may be dealt with as the law directs.

Given under my hand as Governor, and under the lesser seal of the Commonwealth at Richmond, this 17th day of September 1821.

[On reverse side of Proclamation draft] Nat is between 30 & 35 years old, 5 feet 6 or 8 inches high, weighs between 150 and 160 lbs. rather bright complexion, but not a mullato-broad shouldered-large flat nose-large eyes-broad flat feet-rather knock-kneed-walks brisk and active-hair on the top of the head very thin-no beard except on the upper lip, and the tip of the chin-a scar on one of his temples-also one on the back of his neck-a large knob on one of the bones of his right arm near the wrist produced by a blow.