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"C" A slang name for $100 because "C", the Roman numeral for 100, was once printed on $100 bills. The term evolved into today's "C-note". The name "century" was sometimes also used during the war.

Another meaning of "C" was the letter branded on soldiers guilty of cowardice, usually on their foreheads, cheeks, or hands. The branding was done with hot irons or, for some lucky men, indelible ink.

From "The Language of the Civil War" by John D. Wright, page 50.
 
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