This historic practice goes by many names: Bier’s Test, Bier-Right, Trial by Touch, Ordeal of Blood, Blood-test, Covenanting by Blood, and many others that have been lost to time."The Ordeal of Blood"
The case of Reuben Herndon is often mentioned as one instance of the “ordeal of blood” in Virginia’s history, but unfortunately, no evidence can be found to support this long-held belief. Still, the case remains a fascinating glimpse at justice in Virginia just after the Civil War."Reuben Herndon and the Ordeal of Blood"