Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage: An Illustrated Compendium of the Everyday Language of Soldiers and Civilians

Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage: An Illustrated Compendium of the Everyday Language of Soldiers and Civilians

by Webb Garrison
     
 

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Researched by a bestselling author, this compendium of more than 2,500 entries and 250 illustrations covers the terms, equipment, and organization of the three million soldiers who fought in the Civil War.See more details below

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Researched by a bestselling author, this compendium of more than 2,500 entries and 250 illustrations covers the terms, equipment, and organization of the three million soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

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Children's Literature
Did you know that "oh-be-joyful" was a reference to home brew alcohol or that "opening the ball" meant starting a battle? When you dress formally do you consider yourself as "ragged out?" Does it seem reasonable to call Civil War soldiers who feigned illness and awaited a ride "wagon dogs?" Everyday language, or colloquial speech, changes over time. Phrases we now use will seem odd to our ancestors. Common words, terms and phrases that appear in writings of the Civil War era sometimes seem incomprehensible to modern readers. The authors of this comprehensive compendium of Civil War terms have sought to provide the contemporary reader with a guidebook of definitions designed to facilitate understanding mid-19th century references. Civil War soldiers and civilians commonly used words such as "tosspot," "turnspit" and "turkey driver." A contemporary reader looking at them might as well be perusing a book written in an unfamiliar foreign language; how would he know the words meant a drunkard, a useless fellow and a military policeman? In addition, this fascinating book incorporates common nicknames for leading figures of the age, as well as numerous place and ship names. This is a thoroughly researched and ably written reference book that will be valued by Civil war enthusiasts. 2001, Cumberland House, $27.95. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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ISBN-13:
9781581822809
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.87(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.84(d)

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