Granny Rosa Millard

Display Name: 
Granny Rosa Millard
Sort Name: 
Millard, Rosa
AKA: 
Rosa Millard
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Sartoris
Real?: 
No
Biography: 

Rosa Millard is the mother-in-law of Col. John Sartoris and the grandmother of Bayard Sartoris in "Ambuscade." No details of her earlier life are revealed in this story, but she lives at the Sartoris plantation and is responsible for managing things while her son-in-law is away fighting in the Civil War. She is referred to as "Granny" both by Bayard and by Ringo, a family slave who is the same age as Bayard and his best friend. She is responsible for their moral upbringing, punishing them, for instance, when they utter profanity, but as the story depicts, she is willing to lie when she fears for their lives at the hands of Union soldiers searching for them. Afterwards, she prays for forgiveness for her lie, and she punishes the boys (by washing their mouths out with soap) for their referring to the soldiers as "bastards." She is a major character in this and other stories in the series, as well as the novel The Unvanquished; the stories show her systematic decline from a genteel, morally upright southern lady to one who is willing to lie, cheat, and even steal because of the hardships brought about by the war.

Individual or Group: 
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