Unnamed Memphis Preacher

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In "Vendee" and again in the chapter with that name in The Unvanquished Bayard says that this minister is "from Memphis or somewhere," and describes him as a "big refugeeing preacher with his book already open" standing in the cemetery with a slave "holding an umbrella over him" (97, 156). Mrs. Compson and other Jefferson townspeople have asked him to officiate at Granny's funeral, presumably because of her status as both an Episcopalian and a member of the local aristocracy. During the Civil War the term "refugeeing" described white Southerners who fled from areas of fighting into regions that were presumed to be safer.