In the early hours of August 21st in Southampton County, Virginia Turner, along with other slaves he had recruited, marched from house to house freeing slaves and murdering the white inhabitants. Men, women and children were axed as they slept. Others were shot as they tried to escape the slaves’ wrath.
After 48 hours and 60 white people killed, the slave rebellion was suppressed. Word of the slave rebellion spread quickly throughout the slave states. Fear gripped white people throughout the land and as far south as Alabama free blacks and slaves alike were murdered in cold blood. Historians estimate that as many as 200 black people were killed in retaliation for the revolt.
Nat Turner was captured two months after the rampage. Turner confessed to his crimes and was tried and hanged on November 11, 1831 in Jerusalem, Virginia. Afterword his body was flayed, beheaded and quartered.