Abraham

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Abraham. The name of a slave who, on June 25, 1863, suffered only superficial injuries when blasted off a Confederate hilltop position by a Union mine dug into the southern lines during the siege of Vicksburg. Abraham, a cook, was adopted by an Iowa unit, which sequestered him in a tent and charged fellow soldiers five cents to view the miraculous man. Asked how high he had flown, Abraham calculated "bout tree mile".

From: "The Language of the Civil War" John D. Wright page 2.
 
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