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Other common names for Confederate and Union soldiers?

Discussion in 'Campfire Chat - General Discussions' started by lauren777, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. lauren777

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    Hello all! While writing I have noticed I only have a few historical common names for Confederates and knew folks on here would be able to come up with some more. Also if anyone has any other names for Union soldiers that would be great too. Please tell me if some are off color or not...I do have some situations where it might be fitting but I need to know where it would be used appropriately. Creative ones get extra bonus points!


    Thanks everyone,

    Lauren
     

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  3. Glorybound

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    Lauren, are you looking for common first names, last names, nicknames? Or names like "Johnnys" for Confederates and "Billys" for Federals?


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  4. lauren777

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    Oh sorry, yes I am looking for names like Johnnys, Rebs...Billys I hadn't heard that's a good one. Anymore?

    Lauren
     
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    Confederate: Butternut, reb or rebs, secesh, grayback.

    Union: Billy Yank, Jayhawkers (originally Kansas men only but Confederates came to use it more widely), Redlegs (for Kansas irregulars only), bummers, Dutch (applied to any German-American troops).
     
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    Thanks I appreciate it. Where did they get secesh from?

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    secesh = short for secessionist.

    You can add paper collar soldiers (What western Union troops called their more genteel eastern counterparts. It was not meant as a compliment.), gorilla guerillas (What eastern Union soldiers called Maj. Gen. A.J. Smith's western Union corps. It was not meant as a compliment.)
     
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    Perfect thanks for that information, very helpful :smile:

    Lauren
     
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    Corn-fed. Confederate nicknamed given to themselves as a result of their corn heavy diet (as opposed to hard-tack or fresh bread). The corn-feds sometimes called the Union men Licolnites or abolitionists. There's a derogatory version of the latter term, but the rules of decorum prohibit me from repeating those distasteful terms here.
     
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    Blue-bellies is another one for Yankees....
     
  11. lauren777

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    Thank you Capt Lewis I'll use that one for sure. Welcome to the board!

    Lauren
     
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    Thanks! Another one for Confederates was graybacks. It's kind of derogatory in that lice were also called graybacks, and all the soldiers were crawling with those guys!
     
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    For the Army of Northern Virginia

    Lee's Miserables. Some soljers called themselves that.
     
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    LOL...that's VERY creative!

    Lauren
     

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