Orig. pub. New York 1836. Reprinted 1976. vii, 237 pp., new intro. Item #51
This narrative relates the adventures of Virgil A. Stewart in exposing and capturing John A. Murrell, the "Great Western Land Pirate," and his gang, a large association of thieves who were stealing and reselling slaves throughout the territory of Mississippi in the 1830s, and who were also thought to be involved in the planning of a massive slave insurrection. The tale provides a record of a state of mass hysteria which led to a number of illegal executions, including the "trials, confessions, and execution" of five professional gamblers by the citizens of Vicksburg in 1835.