Andrew Leslie's Report on The Stono Rebellion


An Insurrection of ye Negroes happened in my Parish Sept 16, who murdered 22 of my Parishioners in a most barbarous manner.  Our militia came up [the?] next day about 4 in ye afternoon after a short engagement…ye rebels were so entirely defeated & dispersed yt there never were Seen above 6 or 7 together since.  However several of my principal Parishioners, being apprehensive of Danger from ye Rebels Still outstanding carried their Families to Town for Safety, & if y Humour of moving continues a little longer, I shall have but a Small Congregation at Church.

Source:  Andrew Leslie to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, January 7, 1739/40, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Record, microfilm, reel 5, pp. 19-20, South Carolina Department of  Archives and History, Columbia, S.C.

[1]Andrew Leslie was parson to St. Paul Parish.