Saturday, October 20, 2012
One of the reasons for Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was that it might start a slave insurrection, like wise the John Brown raid and seizure of the armory at Harpers Ferry. There is little doubt that both men were aware of the "the horrors of San Domingo."
The Haitian uprising that killed nearly all of the 40000 whites and 25000 mulattos on that island and featured white infants being impaled and carried on spears, men being dismembered while still alive, and their wives being gang raped on top of their husbands' dead bodies.
Is this what Brown and Lincoln envisioned for their respective insurrections? There was widespread fear in the South of another Nat Turner style Rebellion (also known as the Southampton Insurrection), a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 1831. Led by Nat Turner, slaves killed anywhere from 55–65 white people, the highest number of fatalities caused by any slave uprising in the South.
No insurrection ever occurred during the war, if it had, the war would have been over in months not years. Instead many Southern black took up arms against the invader...