Military Leader

“Nat Turner and his compeers, in imitation of Washington and the revolutionary heroes, appealed to arms to free themselves from bondage.” Liberator (1842)

All accounts of the rebellion place Nat Turner as the leader, but the extent of his command has been debated. Questions surround how much he alone plotted the rebellion, how successful he was at recruiting others, how much he dictated the events once the rebellion had begun, and why he did not do more of the killings himself. Some depictions of Turner emphasize his complete command of his troops. These favorable depictions laud the discipline he enforced during the siege and attribute the failure of the rebellion solely to the mightiness of the forces it sought to overthrow. 

The Confessions of Nat Turner The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831) Styron Confessions The Confessions of Nat Turner (Styron novel)
The Liberator The Liberator Maum Guinea Maum Guinea and Her Plantation "Children"
Nat Turner’s Insurrection "Nat Turner’s insurrection" from Atlantic Monthly Nat Turner Urging the Slaves to Rebellion Nat Turner Urging the Slaves to Rebellion
The Non-Resistant The Non-Resistant Old Dominion Old Dominion
History of American Conspiracies "The Southampton Slave Insurrection" from History of American Conspiracies