Part One, Chapters 1-5
* Chapter 1: Lee is introduced as a colonel in the U.S. Army, coming home on leave and reflecting on how much time he has spent over the years away from his family and the people he loves.
* Chapter 2: Jackson is introduced as an awkward professor at the Virginia Military Academy. The reader learns his newborn daughter has just died.
* Chapter 3: During a hunting trip, Chamberlain is introduced as he reflects on his life as an academic instead of as a soldier.
* Chapter 4: Lee is summoned to report to the Secretary of War to quell the uprising of John Brown, a slave who has holed up in an armory with a couple dozen other men.
* Chapter 5: Jackson hears of Brown's capture and trial; Brown is hung and, as Jackson watches, he prays for his soul.
Part One, Chapters 6-10
* Chapter 6: Captain Hancock is introduced in...
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