| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Negro resident of the Confederate States|
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.
It is unknown whether Perseus survived the suppression of the Red Rebellion and, if so, how he fared later. Featherston in his later career never referred to Perseus and seemed reluctant to recall the incident even in his own mind.