Sophia H. Hunt to Jennie Hughes 1861

Title: Sophia H. Hunt to Jennie Hughes
Author: Sophia H. Hunt
Date: October 15, 1861
Subject: Second Creek Plot
Type: Letter
Source: Hughes Family Papers

S [OPHIA] H. HUNT TO JENNIE [HUGHES]

A WOMAN WRITES FROM A NEIGHBORING COUNTY
ABOUT THE HANGINGS, OCTOBER 15, 1861

My Dear Jennie
…They have been threatened with quite a formidable Insurrection in Adams County, Miss.
Natchez – 40 miles from here – 27 – have been hung after Monday there had only 5 – negro men
4 – of them were hung Carriage drivers, and dining room servants of the rich[.] Many are hung
[.] They were the ring leaders – it is kept very still, not to be in the papers – The investigation is
still going on – They implicated two white men – but it is thought they have not named the right
ones -- The head one is not yet executed[.] They still hope to make him tell – from there they
were to come to this County – and go on if successful -- don’t speak of it only cautiously. Some
act very differently [.] Several – have sent in money for the soldiers, they were to kill every
Negro that would not join them. Such was their confession under the gallows-…
Your affectionate Aunt

Source: S[ophia] H. Hunt to Jennie [Hughes], near Woodville, Miss., October 15, 1861, in
Hughes Family Papers, UNC