| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Appearance(s):|| American Front;|
Blood and Iron;
In at the Death
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Negro resident of the Confederate States|
|Date of Birth:||Late 19th century|
|Date of Death:||1943|
|Cause of Death:||Asphyxiation in Camp Humble (Second Great War)|
|Professional Affiliations:||Sloss Steel Foundry|
|Political Party:||Socialist underground|
Vespasian (d. 1943) was a Confederate Negro. During the Great War, many of the white workers at Sloss Steel Foundry were sent to the front. In desperation, the company hired Vespasian and other blacks to replace them. Vespasian worked alongside Jefferson Pinkard. Vespasian impressed Pinkard with his skill and hard work. Briefly, Pinkard began reconsidering his ingrained belief in the inferiority of blacks.
However, the course of Pinkard's life during and after the Great War left him embittered toward blacks. He became a member of the Freedom Party, and eventually an architect of the Population Reduction. In 1943, in a quirk of fate, Vespasian was shipped to Camp Humble, the last camp Pinkard oversaw. Vespasian was allowed to speak to Pinkard, who falsely assured Vespasian that everything would be fine. In truth, Vespasian was taken to the showers and gassed.