Letter of B. W. Daniel to William Augustus Blount, September 16, 1831.
Gen Wm A Blount Dear Sir I must request the favour of you to turn the arms recieved from Newbern, in your possession over to the company raising in your County (footnote 39)
Nat Turner's insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia, during the late summer of
1831 prompted a number of North Carolina counties, especially in the eastern part of the
state, to call out their militias. Numerous rumors of slave conspiracies in North Carolina
were spawned by Turner's activities. At least twenty slaves were executed in North Carolina
because of the rumors and general hysteria. This letter no doubt refers to arms issued
to the militia during the Turner scare. Johnson, Ante-Bellum North Carolina, 519-520.
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