Authentic & Impartial Narrative
"Insurrection in North Carolina"
Confessions of Nat Turner
Samuel Warner, Authentic and Impartial
Narrative of the Tragical Scene, 1831
Samuel Warner received a copyright in New York City to publish his pamphlet on the revolt on October 21, 1831, nine days prior to Turner’s capture. Warner’s pamphlet identified no specific sources, but presumably drew largely from newspaper accounts. His Authentic and Impartial Narrative seems to have been the first separate publication detailing the events of the revolt.
AUTHENTIC AND IMPARTIAL
WHICH WAS WITNESSED IN SOUTHAMMP-
TON COUNTRY (VIRGINIA) ON MONDAY
THE 22D OF AUGUST LAST,
FIFTY-FIVE of its Inhabitants (mostly women and
children) were inhumanely
MASSACRED BY THE BLACKS!
Communicated by those who were eye witnesses of
the bloody scene, and confirmed by the confes-
sions of several of the Blacks while under
Sentence of Death
PRINTED FOR WARNER & WEST.
Southern District of New-York, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty first day of October, A.D. 1831, Samuel Warner, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book the title of which is in the words following, to wit—“Authentic and impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene which was witnessed in Southampton county (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August last, when fifty-five of its inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanely massacred by the Blacks!—communicated by those who were eye witnesses of the bloody scene and confirmed by the confessions of several of the blacks while under sentence of death.” the right whereof he claims as Author, in conformity with an Act of Congress, entitled “An Act to amend the several Acts respecting copy-rights.”
Witness, Fred. J. Betts.
Clerk of the Southern District of New York.