National Expansion & Reform Slavery Enslaved Revolt at "Chatham"

Enslaved Revolt at "Chatham"

A December 1804 revolt at Chatham warned the region of potential insurrections by those enslaved.  A January 1805 “Virginia Herald” article related that the Chatham enslaved rebelled at having their Christmas holiday cut short, then seized and whipped the overseer, a Mr. Starke.  Militiaman Benjamin Bussell of Falmouth was wounded and died.  An enslaved leader, Phillip, was shot and killed.  Another, James, fell through the river ice as he tried to escape.