Jack Caldwell

Pemberley Ranch

To Barbara, my life, my love, my muse.

Dramatis Personae

[*]—Historical Character

Natives and/or longtime residents of Rosings, Texas:

Catherine “Cate” Burroughs—Owner of the B&R Ranch and Rosings Bank; widow of Lewis Burroughs and cousin by marriage to Matthew Darcy, William Darcy’s father

Anne Burroughs—Only daughter of Catherine Burroughs

William Darcy, Captain, Texas Legion, Confederate States Army (CSA)—Owner of Pemberley Ranch and Darcy Bank

Gabrielle “Gaby” Darcy—Only sister to Darcy

José Estrada—Assistant trail boss of Pemberley Ranch

Hill—Farmhand at the Bennet Farm

Deputy Jones

Father Joseph—Rector of the Santa Maria Catholic Mission chapel near Rosings

Sheriff Lucas—Longtime sheriff of Rosings; widowed

Charlotte Lucas—Only child of Sheriff Lucas

Judge Alton Phillips

Margaret Reynolds—Cook and housekeeper at Pemberley; former slave.

Deputy Smith

Reverend Henry Tilney—Minister of the Rosings Baptist Church

Sally Younge—Owner and madam of Younge’s Saloon, inherited from her late husband

Carl Zimmerman—Owner of Zimmerman’s General Store and titular mayor of Rosings

New to Rosings:

Thomas Bennet—Native of Ohio; now owner of former Thompson farm west of Rosings

Fanny Bennet—Wife of Thomas Bennet

Jane Bennet—Eldest Bennet daughter

Elizabeth “Beth” Bennet

Mary Bennet

Kathleen “Kathy” Bennet

Lily Bennet

Dr. Charles Bingley, Medical Corps, CSA—Native of Georgia, now practicing doctor in Rosings

Billy Collins—Native of Georgia, manager of Rosings Bank

Joshua “Kid” Denny, Quantrill’s Raiders, CSA—Native of Missouri, gunfighter and foreman of the B&R Ranch

Richard “Fitz” Fitzwilliam, Major, Virginia Cavalry, CSA— Native of Texas, now foreman and trail boss of Pemberley Ranch

Pyke, Corporal, XIII Corps, United States Army, (USA)—Native of Illinois

Thorpe—One of Denny’s gang

Washington family—Newly freed slave family from Louisiana, owners of new homestead farm east of Rosings

George Whitehead, Major, XIII Corps, USA—Native of Illinois, now Recorder of Deeds of Long Branch County, appointed by the governor


Caroline Bingley—Native of Georgia and sister to Bingley, now resident of New Orleans

Capt. John Buford—Member of the U.S. Army Cavalry stationed at Ft. Richardson, Texas

William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General of Volunteers, XV Corps, USA [*]

Ulysses S. Grant, Major General, Army of the Tennessee, USA [*]


Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton

Old times there are not forgotten

Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

In Dixie Land where I was born in

Early on one frosty mornin’

Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

Oh, I wish I was in Dixie!

Hooray! Hooray!

In Dixie Land I’ll take my stand

To live and die in Dixie

Away, away, away down south in Dixie!

“Dixie” by Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1859

Vicksburg, Mississippi—May 22, 1863

The day was several hot, stifling hours old when the young, gray-clad captain of infantry once again peeked carefully over the ramparts of his position into the morning sun, telescope in hand. He saw nothing, but he was not deceived. Since the initial assault upon their location three days ago, the enemy had tirelessly moved men and materiel into position for another attack. The sounds of horses and cannon wheels had been constant since before daybreak. The heavily wooded hilly terrain was not only perfect for defense but also for hiding the maneuvers of their attacker.

“Them Yankee boys are gettin’ ready to come a’visitin’ again, Cap’n?” a voice whispered into his ear.

William Darcy, captain in the Texas Legion, Confederate States Army, turned his bright blue eyes to his sergeant beside him and wiped a dirty hand across his beard-covered chin before answering. “My compliments to

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