Autobiography of James L. Smith, 1881
James L. Smith was born in Northumberland County, Virginia. He was about fifteen years old when the Southampton Revolt took place.
When Nat. Turner’s insurrection broke out, the colored people were forbidden to hold meetings among themselves. Nat. Turner was one of the slaves who had quite a large army; he was the captain to free his race. Notwithstanding our difficulties, we used to steal away to some of the quarters to have our meetings. . . .
From James Lindsay Smith, Autobiography of James L. Smith (Norwich, CT: The Bulletin, 1881), p. 30.