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Jacob's Ladder: A Novel of Virginia During the Civil War

by McCaig, Donald
Publisher: Penguin
Issue: Summer 1999
ISBN: 0140282653

Torn between love for Maggie, a mulatto slave owned by his family, and his loyalty to the South, 17-year-old Duncan Gatewood finds that reading Poe and Walter Scott have not quite readied him for the heartbreak of life and the suffering of war.

The concluding installment in the Shaaras' trilogy, Lee, Grant, and Chamberlain wage their final campaigns from the Wilderness to Appomattox, where "that the killing anger, the hatred, the blind violence of the beast" finally concluded.

review of Jacob's Ladder: A Novel of Virginia During the Civil War, by McCaig, Donald, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 1999).