Fear of Slave Insurrection after Inauguration of Lincoln

Two items in this issue of the Liberator, with characteristic “finger” pointing at each.

Great fears of an insurrection of slaves are felt in the neighboring Virginian counties, and patrols about every plantation are established. Twenty-five kegs of powder have been found secreted in various places.

Some alarm is felt in Norfolk, in consequence of the Mayor receiving intelligence from the Mayor of Petersurg, that an outbreak will soon follow the inauguration of Lincoln. Volunteers have been ordered to patrol the city, and other measures have been taken to secure the preservation of the peace.                                (Liberator, March 8, 1861 pg 3)