Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War Characters

Donald McCaig
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Son of Samuel and Abigail and brother of Leona, Duncan is raised at Stratford Plantation and has a relationship with a mulatto slave girl known as Midge who is later named Maggie and then Marguerite. When Duncan's father discovers the indiscretion, Duncan is sent away. Duncan then fathers a child by Marguerite, a son she names Jacob. Duncan sees the child only once and only at the insistence of his father who points out that Duncan's son will be raised as a slave, could be forced to work in the fields or even sold at the whim of his master. Duncan is something of a self-centered young man who matures a great deal during his time in the army and comes to realize that he'd felt it was the duty of the slaves to take care of his needs. Duncan loses his arm during a battle and...

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