Uncle T and the Uppity SPY; Is Stonewall Jackson’s 70% true and 30% fiction story written in an adult form, but the graphically laid out cover is designed to attract young viewers even though the lead character Jim Lewis did not begin his relationship with Stonewall Jackson until his adult age.
This is the original” Uncle T and the Uppity Spy hardcover book, a semi-fictionalized story of two young twin black brothers one fictional and one true, whose life paths diverge in very different directions during the American Civil War era. The young black boy, Jim Lewis (who is based on a historical character), is chosen to be a house slave to Thomas J. Jackson (soon to become General “Stonewall” Jackson). Jim’s manners intelligence and Christ-like character impress Jackson and endear the boy to him. When the war came a mature Jim serves as General Jackson’s trusted body servant and cook.
The difference in this book’s hardcopy version from the comic book version is there is a small portion of the language Gullah is in this book, a Negro dialect which was the way African Americans talk who lived in the Lowcountry region of the U.S. states of America. The Gullah people spoke an English-based creole language, and their culture developed in a distinct way, different from that of other enslaved blacks. This dialect language continues after the end of the American civil war and still exists today.