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By Terry Bisson

A biography of the slave and preacher who, believing that God sought after him to loose the slaves, led an important rebellion in 1831.

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Whether he would be any more successful than Spartacus, who ended his days on a Roman cross, crucified with his followers, remained to be seen. Still, this was Turner’s greatest moment, the culmination of his dreams and plans. Win or lose, he had achieved something that no other slave in America had ever accomplished: he had collected, armed, and fielded a group of black men prepared to fight for their freedom. Now, Turner felt confident, men who only a few short days before had been sunk in a pit of degradation would prove their mettle.

SIGNS EVERYWHERE Turner’s hesitation in starting the rebellion is understandable. Yet his resolve was unshaken. Although July 4 came and went, the next and final sign came soon after. On Saturday, August 13, there was such a strange darkness in the atmosphere that one could look directly at the sun. It seemed to shimmer and change colors—from green to blue to white. The phenomenon was visible along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, and it made people fearful. Then there was an even more awesome occurrence: A black spot appeared on the sun, passing slowly across its fiery surface.

Whitehead. Bryant. Newsome. The homesteads fell one by one as the rebels rode toward Jerusalem, destroying the slaveowners farm by farm. The Giles Reese place, where Turner’s wife lived, was spared, as was the farm of a childhood friend, John Clark Turner, but virtually no other homesteads were spared from an attack. It was a fearsome kind of war, swift and bloody and remorseless. Turner split up his forces again, sending the cavalry with Hark. On arriving at the Porter farm with half of his army, he found that the place was empty.

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