The condemned man in question is named Peyton Farquhar. He is a southern land owner and southern sympathizer. That is important because it shows that he believes in the secession of the southern states from the union of the United States. What is also important is that he wants to fight for the southern army, but he was unable to. The story never explains why Peyton was prevented from fighting in the Confederate army, but the author does explain that Peyton believed that no job was too lowly, boring, or dangerous for him to do if it helped the southern army defeat the Union. He is somewhere around the age of 35. Peyton Farquhar is married, and he is also a slave owner.