General Jack Frost, U.S.A.

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Perhaps not literally a "soldier's tale," this image appears in the October 5th, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly, illustrating a quote from a rousing speech of Ben Butler predicting the early demise of the "malarial" southern rebellion during the coming winter. It was a popular northern cliché (read, 'desperate hope') that the warm, softer southern climate bred weaker, less hardy children than the rugged, winter-bred youth of the North. It was sort of the reverse of the southern fantasy that "one southern boy can whip ten Yankee mudsills and day laborers."
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OUR NEW MAJOR-GENERAL.
"Our faithful old Ally of the North, GENERAL JACK FROST,
shall come and clear away the Malaria of the South, and we shall march Southward
from this place, and there shall be no footsteps backward until this Rebellion
is crushed out of this Union."-Speech of Major-General BUTLER.
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