BrayBree Publishing is pleased to announce its latest title release: History of the Detection, Conviction, Life and Designs of John A. Murrell, the Great Western Land Pirate, Together with His System of Villainy, and Plan of Exciting a Negro Rebellion.
This title was originally published in 1835, and is the first in a series of BrayBree Vintage Edition reprints surrounding the life and legend of John Andrews Murrell (1806-1844), a horse thief who lived in Williamson County and Madison County, Tennessee. Through the embellishment of a young man named Virgil A. Stewart, he was transformed into a criminal mastermind with a network of like-minded rogues that stretched across the Old Southwest. The book, believed to have been written by Stewart under the fictitious name of Augustus Q. Walton, Esq., revealed a supposed plot by Murrell and his secret criminal network, the Mystic Clan of the Confederacy, to incite a slave insurrection throughout the South on Christmas night 1835.
History of the Detection, Conviction, Life and Designs of John A. Murrel is the primary source for the life, crimes, and legend of Murrell, a man whom Stewart labeled “the great Western Land Pirate.” This BrayBree Vintage Edition is a faithful reprint of the original 1835 book with a new foreword by Kevin D. McCann.
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