Gail Hightower I

Display Name: 
Gail Hightower I
Sort Name: 
Hightower, Gail I
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead-ghost
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
Cavalryman
Cause of Death: 
War
Biography: 

Although he was not a planter before the Civil War but a lawyer, Reverend Hightower's grandfather and namesake owned slaves. He was a "thorn in his [abolitionist] son's side" but fascinated his grandson, who took pride as a boy in his grandfather's military exploits during the Civil War (470). Alive he was a "hale, bluff, rednosed man with the moustache of a brigand chief" (471). After he is killed during a cavalry raid in Jefferson, he becomes the "ghost" that haunts Reverend Hightower throughout his life (474) - although his grandson was born "about thirty years" after his death (62).

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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