This guide to the language used by the generation whose lived and fought during the Civil War explains words and phrases (including nicknames and slang) that were commonly used. Examples of words and phrases are illustrated throughout with period art and photos.This guide to the language used by the generation whose lived and fought during the Civil War explains words and phrases (including nicknames and slang) that were commonly used. Examples of words and phrases are illustrated throughout with period art and photos.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-05-14 Gumps! Wharf lice! Ditch hunters! Though it's reasonably clear that those terms are insults, few people have any idea what they mean. Like much of the language used during the Civil War, they have vanished from everyday speech. The Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage: An Illustrated Compendium of the Everyday Language of Soldiers and Civilians by Webb Garrison (A Treasury of Civil War Tales; Civil War Curiosities) with Cheryl Garrison is the product of more than 30 years of research and writing, and was finished just days before Webb Garrison's death. Compiled from military and naval reports, diaries, letters, memoirs, eyewitness accounts, autobiographies, legislation and government reports, the book covers slang and standard words and phrases used in both the Union and Confederate armies. It should delight linguists amateur and professional as well as Civil War buffs and military historians. ( May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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