Caleb Gillen
Fictional Character
A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "Though the Heavens Fall"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Species: Human
Nationality: Federated Commonwealths of America
Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Lawyer-in-training
Parents: Charles and Jane Gillen
Relatives: Sally Gillen (sister)

Caleb Gillen (born 1790) was the son of Virginia planter Charles Gillen. An idealist, young Caleb had become entranced with the laws and political system of the Federated Commonwealths, so much so that he even began educating the family's house-slave, Jeremiah.

Caleb went to Portsmouth and became an apprentice of attorney Zachary Hayes. In the meantime, an outbreak of diphtheria killed many of the Gillens' sims. Jeremiah was put into the fields. After a day, he fled to Portsmouth himself, and began working for another lawyer, Alfred Douglas.

Caleb and Zachary Hayes visited Douglas one day. Gillen immediately recognized Jeremiah, and tackled him, asserting his family's ownership. Douglas demanded a trial, wherein he asserted that slavery was an unjust institution because it depended on very superficial differences between people. To underscore this, Douglas pointed to the sims.

The judges ruled in favor of Jeremiah. Caleb Gillen regretted his decision to educate the slave.