Following the bloody aftermath of the August 22 murders by Nat Turner and his followers, was a reaction that had ripples across the state of Virginia as well as the South. Not only had the local Militias been called out to search for Turner, but the mayor of Norfolk had even sent men and naval vessels to assist in the search. The apprehension of Nat Turner proved to be less dramatic than the outcry. Turner peacefully surrendered after being discovered in a nearby woods by a local farmer. The capture made national headlines while the search continued for his fellow rebels.