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Webb Garrison's Civil War Dictionary: An Illustrated Guide to the Everyday Language of Soldiers and Civilians

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In the 140-plus years since the American Civil War, the American language has changed dramatically. As the meanings of many words have become obscure or lost, links with the vibrant language of the Civil War era have dissolved, and much of that which had meaning to our forefathers no longer retains the same meaning to us.

What did it mean "to cross the bar"? What was a sol

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Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Cumberland House Publishing (first published 2008)
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Garrison was a prolific author with more than fifty popular works published on the Civil War. Rather than extended narratives, most of his work consisted of short essays and sketches and collections of anecdotes and miscellanea, nearly always useful and interesting. This volume contains more than 2,000 brief entries on technical jargon, nicknames of generals, military equipment and weapons, fortifications, soldiers’ camp slang, regimental names, battles, and anything else the author had in his f ...more
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Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books. Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
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