Turner was raised by his mother and paternal grandmother after his father ran away, and he was 31 years old when he led his infamous rebellion, often called his insurrection.
Turner, who was the slave of Joseph Travis, was a preacher who saw visions and felt divinely inspired to lead his people to freedom.
He plotted his revolt for six months, sharing his plan with only four others.
On the day the revolt was to take place, he and his men gathered in the woods and then began their raid by attacking the Travis plantation and killing the entire family.
It also spurred blacks and abolitionists into action and increased tensions between the North and South.
Runaway Slaves Instead of engaging in organized revolt, many slaves ran away in order to escape the bondage of slavery.By the following morning, Turner's group, which had grown to 60, had traveled through the county, killing at least 57 whites.As the revolt progressed, Turner's "army" continued to grow.The authors also discuss the role of "term slaves" (slaves who were to be set free at some future date) and free blacks, who sometimes helped others escape.According to the authors, the "typical" runaway was a young male plantation hand between the ages of 13 and 29.His corpse was skinned and his flesh was used for grease.Turner's revolt led to harsh laws throughout the South, further restricting the limited freedom of blacks.Among blacks, however, they were usually viewed as heroes and martyrs, although some slaves saw them as dangerous to their own survival.The most infamous slave revolts were those led by Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner.They were finally stopped on their way to Jerusalem, the county seat, where they had hoped to gain additional support and replenish their ammunition.Thirteen slaves and three free blacks were hanged, but Turner was not captured until two months later, less than five miles from where the raid had begun. Gray, a lawyer and plantation owner assigned as Turner's defense counsel, interviewed Turner during his trial and later published The Confessions of Nat Turner, a pamphlet containing the story of Turner's rebellion from his own point of view.