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Perseus
Fictional Character
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Negro resident of the Confederate States
Date of Birth: Late 19th century
Occupation: Teamster, Revolutionary
Military Branch: Underground socialist movement

Perseus was a black socialist revolutionary leader.

During the first year of the Great War, Perseus was one of the black workers attached to the Confederate First Richmond Howitzers artillery battery commanded by Jeb Stuart III and in which Jake Featherston was a sergeant. Featherston, using the "overseer lore" which he learned from his father, suspected that Perseus was "more smart and less servile" than he appeared.

Perseus' main job was to take care of the battery's animals, which he did very competently. However, in one situation of extreme emergency, Perseus and his fellow Nero helped Featherston operate the gun in battle, which was not supposed to be black work. Featherston kept it a secret.

During the year's fighting there developed a kind of grudging respect between Perseus and Featherston, even while Perseus was preparing for his part in an uprising and Featherston suspected Perseus of being "up to something".

On the eve of the Red Rebellion, the battery was in Hampstead, Maryland. Featherston saw Perseus and many other blacks sitting around a fire, joined and played poker with them for a while, losing heavily. Later that night, Perseus took a risk by coming to the sleeping Featherston and waking him up to say goodbye and deliver a warning: "We ain't acting like niggers no more, Marse Jake. Figured I'd tell you, on account of we don't got to. You got to be careful fo' a while, is all I got to say". He then went off with the other blacks and Featherston never saw him again.

Literary commentEdit

Perseus' final fate is unrevealed. Featherston never thinks of Perseus in any of his inner monologues in the later volumes of Southern Victory.