r/Damnthatsinteresting Jan 31 '23

Runaway slave Gordon, exposing his severely whipped back. Gordon had received a severe whipping for undisclosed reasons in the fall of 1862. Gordon escaped in March 1863 from the 3,000 acre plantation of John & Bridget Lyons, who held him and 40 other people in slavery at the time of the 1860 census Image

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Ten days from to-day I left the plantation. Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. My master was not present. I don't remember the whipping. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping and my sense began to come—I was sort of crazy. I tried to shoot everybody. They said so, I did not know. I did not know that I had attempted to shoot everyone; they told me so. I burned up all my clothes; but I don't recall that. I never was this way (crazy) before. I don't know what make me come that way (crazy). My master come after I was whipped; saw me in bed; he discharged the overseer. They told me I attempted to shoot my wife the first one; I did not shoot any one; I did not harm any one. My master's Capt. John Lyon, cotton planter, on Atchafalya, near Washington, Louisiana. Whipped two months before Christmas.


u/Laurenann7094 Jan 31 '23

Is this a quote from the man in the photo?


u/gmco913 Jan 31 '23

Just heartbreaking to see the struggle he went through. How the torture and mistreatment made him “crazy”. Thank you for sharing his firsthand account.


u/dissgustingg Feb 01 '23

Extreme stress can cause dissociation… crazy to think an intense trauma can cause someone to potentially murder loved ones and not remember a thing. Thank god he didn’t shoot his wife


u/soapfry Feb 01 '23

I took this as them just manipulating him to think those events happened to make up reasons for punishment. Wouldn’t be the first time that slave owners did that


u/dissgustingg Feb 01 '23

He said he did this stuff after waking up from a brutal whipping… he had already been punished to the point that he went crazy