Where I'm Bound

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Ballard, Allen B. Where I'm Bound. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Joe Duckett, escaped slave, becomes a legendary scout, raider, and commissioned officer in the Third United States Colored Cavalry. As he sees action in Louisiana and Mississippi from late 1863 through the end of the War, his story intertwines with those of his wife Zenobia and his sister Pauline, who also escape from slavery, and that of his childhood friend, former owner and now deadly enemy, Richard Kenworthy, who rides with Forrest's cavalry and other units.

Highly original novel that elaborates historical accounts of service by African-American soldiers into a complex family saga.


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