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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Obadiah Hakeswill is a fictional character who appears in several of the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell. Hakeswills home town and county are never explicitly mentioned in the books, but as a boy he sexually assaulted the daughter of his parson and was, to keep the girls honour intact, charged with sheep theft and sentenced to death by hanging. On the day of his execution, the executioner paid little attention to the young boy and was content to make the other victims suffer. A severe rainstorm broke out allowing Hakeswills uncle to cut the boy from the scaffold. Obadiahs uncle told him to run off and never look back, having only saved him for his dead mothers sake. Having survived his execution Hakeswill found an army recruiting party and enlisted as a drummer boy in the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Since the execution Obadiah always held his mother in high esteem. Although he never sees his mother after his escape, he appeals to her in difficult situations. It may be deduced that he considers all mothers to be sacred, since, in Sharpes Enemy, he orders his men not to touch his hostage Josephina la Lacosta when he learns that she was in Adrados to pray for her mother.