1811.015: Militia Orders concerning a Possible Slave Insurrection.

Published: 1811

Full Title: [Orders to militia officers in the different counties issued in consequence of an apprehension of an insurrection of the slaves].

Author: Virginia. Executive.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: Unrecorded


No copy known extant; Pleasants was ordered to print 250 copies of this circular on January 12, 1811; these orders were issued in the midst of concerns that recent slave rebellions in Latin America, triggered by creole revolutions against the Spanish government installed by Napoleon, would spread to North America; while West Florida was the place most frequently mentioned in contemporary rumors, such a revolt did erupt in Louisiana (the German Coast Uprising of January 1811) at just the moment this warning was circulated in Virginia.

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