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Quitman in Brooks County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Civil War Slave Conspiracy

 
 
Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 18, 2011
1. Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker
Inscription. In August 1864, during the American Civil War, four men were executed in Brooks County, Georgia, for conspiring to plot a slave insurrection. The conspirators – led by a local white man, John Vickery, and three slaves named Nelson, George, and Sam – planned to seize weapons and take control of the town of Quitman, securing it for the U.S. Army in nearby Florida. Local authorities discovered the plot before it could be carried out. All four conspirators were convicted of insurrection and executed on August 22, 1864. Anti-Confederate activity such as this, along with food riots, draft evasion, and labor unrest, increased during the final year of the war.
 
Erected 2010 by Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for the Civil War 150 Commemoration. (Marker Number 14-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 30° 47.067′ N, 83° 33.6′ W. Marker is in Quitman, Georgia, in Brooks County. Marker is at the intersection of South Court Street (U.S. 221) and West Screven Street (U.S. 84), on the right when traveling south on South Court Street. Click for map. The marker stands
Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 18, 2011
2. Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker
Looking south on Court Street (US 221), with the Quitman City Hall on the right.
next to the Quitman City Hall, across Screven Street (US 84) from the Brooks County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Quitman GA 31643, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brooks County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); West End Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Old Coffee Road (approx. 9.3 miles away); Columbia Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 9.8 miles away); Grooverville Methodist Church (approx. 10.8 miles away); Liberty Baptist Church (approx. 10.9 miles away); Shiloh Methodist Church (approx. 11.7 miles away in Florida). Click for a list of all markers in Quitman.
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 18, 2011
3. Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker
Looking north across West Screven Street (US 84) at the Brooks County Courthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,446 times since then and 159 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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