Historic Markers Across Georgia

Civil War Slave Conspiracy

Marker ID: GHS 14-1
Location: across from the courthouse on W. Screven Street, Quitman, GA
County: Brooks
Coordinates: N 30° 47.086    W 083° 33.659
  30.78476666    -83.56098333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMBW9Z
Civil War Slave Conspiracy Marker
Photo by David Seibert


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.

2010.8 Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration 14-1
by the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Civil War Slave Conspiracy
Photo by Ken Moser


Dedicated November 22, 2010

More Information:
Wikipedia - Slavery
Allince87 - Modern Slavery
Wikipedia - Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
Wikipedia - Emancipation Proclamation
Wikipedia - Thirteenth Amendment