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The Resource Jacob's ladder : a story of Virginia during the war, Donald McCaig

Jacob's ladder : a story of Virginia during the war, Donald McCaig

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Jacob's ladder : a story of Virginia during the war
Title
Jacob's ladder
Title remainder
a story of Virginia during the war
Statement of responsibility
Donald McCaig
Title variation
Jacob's ladder
Title variation remainder
a story of Virginia during the war
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Language
eng
Summary
A novel that resonates with the bitter glory and deep human shame of the Confederacy. Against the epic canvas of the Civil War, the people, black and white, of one Virginia plantation fulfill their unforgettable destinies.Duncan Gatewood, seventeen and heir to Gatewood Plantation, falls in love with Maggie, a mulatto slave, who conceives a son, Jacob. Maggie and Jacob are sold south, and Duncan is packed off by his irate father to the Virginia Military Institute. As a cadet, Duncan guards the gallows of John Brown; as a man he will fight for Robert E. Lee. Another Gatewood slave, Jesse -- whose love for Maggie is unrequited -- escapes to find her and is sheltered by a young white couple who are sentenced to prison for this crime. Jesse finds his freedom and enlists in Mr. Lincoln's army; in time he will confront his former masters.From the interlocked lives of masters and slaves, and from a wealth of carefully researched yet unobtrusive historical detail, Donald McCaig conjures a passionate and richly textured story in the heart of America's greatest war. The loves, letters, and struggles of the characters connect a Vicksburg brothel to a Richmond salon, the riches of a sleek blockade runner with scenes of dire poverty, and the nightmare of a confederate hospital to the lurid hell of the battlefields at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.The Civil War is the wellspring of much of our most notable literature, and from this rich, poignant material McCaig has fashioned an unusual and powerful tale, a Confederate masterpiece
Summary
Follows the fates of Duncan Gatewood--heir to a southern plantation, and Maggie--a mulatto slave, from their forbidden love in antebellum Virginia through the years of the Civil War.
Award
  • W. Y. Boyd Literary Award, 1999.
  • Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction, 1998
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004964
Cataloging source
DLC
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1940-
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McCaig, Donald
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3563.A255
LC item number
J33 1998
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Gatewood family
  • African Americans
  • Virginia
  • Virginia
Target audience
adult
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a story of Virginia during the war
Label
Jacob's ladder : a story of Virginia during the war, Donald McCaig
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
525 pages
Isbn
9780393046298
Lccn
97031165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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Imprint varies.
System control number
  • 37464307
  • 284029
Label
Jacob's ladder : a story of Virginia during the war, Donald McCaig
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
525 pages
Isbn
9780393046298
Lccn
97031165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Imprint varies.
System control number
  • 37464307
  • 284029

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