The Sartoris family appears in this novel about the Sutpens only in the context of the Confederate regiment that "Colonel Sartoris and Sutpen" organize at the start of the Civil War (63). As second in command, Sutpen rides off to war "at Colonel Sartoris' left hand," "beneath the regimental colors which he and Sartoris had designed and which Sartoris' womenfolks had sewed together out of silk dresses" (63). These "womenfolks" may be the Colonel's daughters or maybe also his mother-in-law, but that reference is too vague to allow us to locate them on a graph. The novel refers to the Colonel himself four more times, always in reference to the fact that after a year fighting Yankees in Virginia, the men of the regiment deposed him and made Sutpen the Colonel in his place.

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